The Tehama County Fair started on Thursday, but for one family it’s wasn’t a time for celebration. The animals they had prepared to show were killed on Tuesday night by two dogs.
Timothy Drury was excited to participate at the fair’s 4-H event for his second time. He was going to show his goat Patches who had become more like a pet than livestock.
“I found Patches dead in his pen,” said 11-year-old Timothy.
Timothy’s 14-year-old sister Allyson also lost her lamb.
“I came home with two strange dogs at my house and I didn’t know what they were doing there,” said Timothy.
Timothy’s father, Tim Drury, says both young animals were only 7 months old. They were both mauled to death by a Great Dane and a Pit Bull.
“I’m sad and angry and guilty that I didn’t help him,” said Timothy.
Timothy is not only grieving for Patches, but also for Marvin, his sister’s lamb.
“She would give her kisses when she went out and she would feed him by hand too sometimes,” said Timothy.
Even though Timothy won’t be showing at this year’s fair he still wanted to attend to help other 4-H members.
“I can be the better person and help people with their goats,” said Timothy.
Something Timothy’s father says he is proud to hear.
“It isn’t about you going to the fair and selling your animal and getting some money it’s about helping others and doing the right thing, that’s what we hope from every kid,” said Tim.
The two dogs were captured and taken to the Tehama County Shelter. The Pit Bull’s owner has claimed the dog, but the other, a Great Dane has not been claimed. Tim says he hopes the owners take responsibility for killing his kids’ animals.