Tacoma’s animal control officers were investigating how three goats and three rabbits were killed overnight in the yard of an East Side family’s home.
They are trying to determine what kind of animal – or animals – were involved and have contacted state wildlife agents for their help, Tacoma police spokesman Mark Fulghum said this morning.
The Lively family discovered their pets dead this morning. The three rabbits – Tilly, Toby and Thomas – had been in a wire cage propped four feet off the ground when were attacked. The goats – Buddy and siblings Belinda and Bailey – appeared to have been chased and were found throughout the family’s yard.
All in an enclosed barnyard in an enclosed yard, Anna Lively said.
“It’s a very sad morning at our home,” she said. “They were my babies. These are part of our family.”
The Livelys 13 chickens and dog were not touched.
The Livelys called the Tacoma Police Department’s Animal Control Office. Three officers responded to the home this morning and found tracks in the yard, Anna Lively said. She described one set of the tracks as big.
“The size of your hand big,” Lively said.
Lively said her son heard a ruckus outside about 3:30 a.m. The dog barked once but probably hid.
“My concern is for other people’s animals,” Lively said.
The family had rescued each of the rabbits and goats over the past couple of years. They were raised as pets. Lively home-schools her three youngest children, ages 9, 11 and 13. One of their morning chores was to go outside and pet the animals.
“These are animals that run too you, not away from you,” Lively said. “They were just darling, sweet little critters.”