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Seven goats stolen from Riverside high school

December 13, 2011 |  9:50 am

Students at a Riverside high school are mourning the loss of seven of their goats, including Mr. Goatee, Freckles and Sweetheart.

It was the third goat theft from the school in the last five years, and all occurred around this time of year, said teachers who run the Future Farmers of America program at Norte Vista High School.

But this time the thieves took more goats, which were stolen about 11 p.m. Sunday from the school’s farm, the Riverside Press-Enterprise reported.

Agriculture teacher Tim Hively described the thieves' vehicle as a tan or gold SUV towing a short white horse trailer.

Former students saw the goats being loaded into the trailer around 11 p.m. and called a teacher. The fence had been cut, said agriculture teacher Tracy Putnam.

Students were raising the livestock as part of the FFA student leadership program. Students owned the animals, and some had taken out loans to buy and feed the goats.

Student Kyra Lopez, 15, who has a $300 loan to purchase and raise Mr. Goatee, said the animal would come up to nibble or suck at her fingers like a puppy or baby.

“We really felt a bond with them,” Lopez said of the animals. “They were so cute.”

The teachers asked anyone with information to call Riverside police at (951) 787-7911.

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