No, it’s not the lonely goat from the Sound of Music singing yodel lady yodel lady yodel laydee hoo…. these goats belong to a Cross Highway homeowner who is in the process of suing the town of Redding because they want to restrict her flock of goats to nine.
At one point, Nancy Burton reportedly had close to 60 goats on her property. Vet Tech JoEllen Cimino and animal rescue group Animal Nation stepped in to help rehome the goats after she was told to reduce the amount of animals by the town and the state. Their efforts were not successful and both have stepped away from the project. Neither has responded to requests for information.
Ms. Burton did not want the goats neutered or tagged, although both are needed by state regulation.
All of the goats are the progeny of Katie the Goat, a “whistleblower” whose milk showed levels of radiation because she was raised near a nuclear power plant.
Nancy Burton was an attorney in Connecticut. She has been disbarred since 2001, but every citizen in CT has the right to self represent. Burton has lived in her Cross Highway home for over 30 years.
Ms. Burton submitted a land management plan to Planning and Zoning so that she could keep more goats on her property. That plan was rejected.
In order to keep her goats, Burton filed an amended complaint which states, “…..goats which participate in a grassroots, public interest, volunteer, not-profit project whereby their goat milk is collected and sampled and analyzed for concentrations of radioisotopes, which are carcinogenic and harmful to health, and which are dispersed into the environment by nuclear power plants, including the Indian Point nuclear power plant located in Buchanan NY (“Indian Point”); the goats are healthy and happy, to all outward appearances, and are frequently a source of pleasure to the viewing public that drives by the property as the goats graze and frolic across the meadows and fields. Indeed, strangers from Redding and elsewhere frequently stop at the property to watch and interact with the goats, expressing gratitude for these opportunities.”
In the mean time, the goats often get loose and stop traffic on Cross Highway.
While the town is actively in litigation with Ms. Burton, no town official may make an official comment. Although, Planning and Zoning, Social Services. Redding Police Department and Redding Animal Control are working to try to find an amicable solution.