By Tom Mustin
FRANKTOWN, Colo. (CBS4)– A Douglas County man is offering a $1000 reward, for the return of his missing goats. The baby goats were just days old and may have been stolen.
“Anger and sadness,” said Doug Casto.
He just wants his goats back.
“They are all cute little guys, and it makes me angry as hell,” he told CBS4’s Tom Mustin.
After retiring from Lockheed Martin three years ago, Doug started raising Keeko goats at his farm near Franktown. He says the playful animals are part of his family.
“They’re nicer than humans.”
Sunday morning, he got up to feed the animals and knew something was wrong, “One of the mother goats was calling for her baby, frantically.”
Two newborn goats were missing. There were no signs of a coyote attack and the fences hadn’t been cut.
Doug says the ‘kids” were stolen, “I feel sadness in my life. My wife is heartbroken.”
On Friday afternoon, Doug saw a driver in a red pick-up truck drive by the main road, then stop and stare at the goats. The driver pulled into Doug’s driveway, watched some more, then took off.
“They might have been looking for something to do, and decided stealing goats might be the answer.”
The baby goats are only a few days old and need to be fed several times a day, “If they don’t know what they’re doing, the goats won’t survive.”
Kerry Ornelas says her father cares for the goats from sunup to sundown. The incident has been tough on her dad.
“He was upset. Very upset,” said Ornelas.
Doug is offering $1,000 reward for the safe return of the baby goats. He’s hoping the money will reel in the goat nappers and reunite his family.
“If it is kids who did it, then there are probably other kids who know who it was. At least one of them could use $1,000.”
The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office says right now they have no leads and no suspects in the case. Anyone with information is asked to call the sheriff at (303)660-7500.