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A pet goat, a little girl who loved him, and the county officials who tormented both

From Nathan Winograd 
May 2023

If they allowed a 9-year-old girl to change her mind, other kids might not want to have the animals they raised slaughtered, and those that ran the Fair appeared determined to prevent that from happening.

Goat Cedar

The object of that warrant was Cedar, a pet goat. And the alleged perpetrator was a 9-year-old girl named E.L..... In Shasta County, CA, sheriff’s deputies and other county officials emotionally harm a child by taking and killing her pet. They must now answer in federal court.

On July 8, 2022, two sheriff’s deputies “left their jurisdiction in Shasta County, drove over 500 miles at taxpayer expense, and crossed approximately six (6) separate county lines.” They were pursuing what they claimed was a “criminal case” involving “property” that was allegedly “stolen” or “embezzled.”

According to the Sacramento Bee, the 15-page search warrant and affidavit was very specific about the target Shasta County sheriff’s officials were after.

“The location is a single-family residence in a rural residential area,” the warrant, signed at 6:33 p.m. on July 8 by Shasta County Superior Court Judge Monique McKee, read. “The property has a tan colored residence with a brown composite style roof.”

The document was accompanied by ground-level and aerial photos of the property, along with a street address in Napa and the notation that the subject of the search warrant had been “stolen or embezzled.”

Officers were permitted to “utilize breaching equipment to force open doorway(s), entry doors, exit doors, and locked containers in pursuit of their target,” the warrant said, then listed areas that might be searched.

“The residence, including all rooms, attics, basements, and other parts therein, the surrounding grounds and any garages, sheds, storage rooms, and outbuildings of any kind...”

The object of that warrant was Cedar, a pet goat. And the alleged perpetrator was a 9-year-old girl named E.L.

Cedar was part of a 4-H program where children raise and then sell the animals for slaughter. But E.L. came to love Cedar and did not want to part with him. Her desires would count for nothing. The deputies would ultimately seize Cedar and turn him over to the Shasta District Fair, where he was apparently butchered and barbecued, leaving Cedar dead, E.L. traumatized, and 4-H’s creed of teaching truth, kindness, and sympathy in tatters.


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Goat Cedar

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