Goat killed, meat sold for crack
Wednesday, March 02, 2005
Four men stole, killed and butchered a goat so they could trade its meat for crack cocaine, police said.
Police charged four Connellsville men with theft, receiving stolen property, cruelty to animals, and criminal conspiracy yesterday for the Dec. 24 incident in Bullskin Township, Fayette County.
James Walter Albright, 37, dragged the 4-year-old pygmy goat from its pen with a rope and tied the animal to a shrub, where he and Charles W. Smith Jr., 20, killed the animal by beating its head with a hammer or a steel pipe, police said.
The men then took the goat to Smith's residence, where his father, Charles W. Smith, 48, and Gilbert Wesley Fisch, 38, skinned the animal and cut it up.
It was not immediately clear if the men have attorneys. The Associated Press could not locate home telephone numbers for the men.