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Man shoots his goats to avoid bonsai bill
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Man shoots his goats to avoid bonsai bill

The Local · 23 Feb 2016, 12:31

Published: 23 Feb 2016 12:31 GMT+01:00

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The 55-year-old from Burgenland in eastern Austria had two goats in his garden but they were always escaping into the neighbour’s plot, who warned him after buying two new bonsai trees that if they were eaten, the goat owner would have to pay the bill.

Bonsai trees take years to be grown with the most expensive ever selling for $1.3 million, and some specimens living for hundreds of years. As a result, when the goat owner realised how much it might cost him, rather than repair his fence he decided to get rid of the goats.

And instead of taking them to the slaughterhouse, he decided to do the job himself using a pistol which he owned legally. He managed to kill the female goat but when he shot the male, hitting it four times, it ran off into the neighbour’s garden bleating loudly as it went.

The cries of the injured goat and the shots prompted the neighbour to call police, who when they arrived found the badly-hurt animal rampaging around the garden and trying to flee.

A police officer put the animal out of its misery with a fifth shot and the man was arrested.

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He faces charges of animal cruelty and has been released on bail awaiting a court date.

Story courtesy of Central European News.

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