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Suit claims dogs massacred show goats

WOODSTOCK -- Two dogs allegedly devoured six of a Richmond woman's pregnant, prize-winning goats in January and now the dogs' owner is facing a lawsuit.

Ashley Veldhuizen filed suit this week against her neighbor, Jeannine Lawler, seeking about $26,000 in damages for the death of the goats and their unborn babies.

The goats' owner alleges two of Lawler's mixed-breed dogs entered her Keystone Road property and attacked the goats Jan. 14, killing six and injuring three.

"Considering the prize-winning nature of the goats and the value of the goats and their offspring, as well as the ability of those goats to conceive additional offspring in the future, the total costs of the replacement of all the above totals $24,100," according to the lawsuit filed Wednesday.

The lawsuit also seeks about $2,000 for veterinary bills Veldhuizen accrued for the treatment of the injured animals.

Neither Veldhuizen or Lawler were immediately available for comment Thursday.

Veldhuizen's attorney, Steven Greely, Jr., however said the goats were prize-winning under the American Dairy Goat Association.

"She shows them like some people show horses," the attorney said. "There are prizes that drive up the prices of these goats."

The case is set to go before an arbitrator November 7.

Lawler is the same woman who police charged two weeks ago with theft and gambling for running a bogus raffle to benefit her Heartbeats Therapeutic Riding Center in Richmond.

Lawler, however, denied the charges, saying she was trying to do legitimate charity work and simply delayed the drawing until a later date.

Town: Richmond

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