The Red Bluff family of the 4-H animals who were allegedly mauled to death by two dogs last week are speaking out to show their gratitude for the support they received.
Siblings 11-year-old Timothy and 14-year-old Allyson Drury were suppose to show their lamb and goat at the Tehama County Fair this past week. However, the animals were found dead in their pen on the family's property last Tuesday. This happened the day before they were planning to take their pets to the fairgrounds to prepare for the show. Even though the family lost their animals, they still attended the fair to help out, and learned a valuable lesson.
"When life gets tough there are good people out there willing to pick you up along and that's really what TC [Timonthy] and I want to take from this," said Allyson.
Allyson and Timothy say it's the support they have received from the community that has helped them get through this difficult time of losing their animals.
"TC [Timothy] and I were definitely devastated, everyone was, but as the fair went on people just started to gel together," said Allyson.
Both Allyson and Timothy were very attached to their animals, lamb Marvin and goat Patches. They say the animals were more like pets than livestock. They attended the fair even after tragically losing the animals. They were ready to help, not knowing they would get back something in return.
"People were very friendly and positive and it made me feel better," said Timothy
"Some shed tears with my kids and some of them shared their experiences and were willing to help out however they could," said their father Tim.
Tim said the support was encouraging and uplifting.
"When something bad happens you hope there is a good outcome," said Tim.
An outcome that taught his kids a powerful life lesson.
"Don't get discouraged and keep on pushing there is good out there," said Allyson.