Local farmer and animal lover Craig Stray was burgled on Friday night, 16th September and has since been putting out numerous please for the safe return of Daisy his beloved Pygmy Goat.
Having completed the evening feeding of his varied flock, Craig settled in for the evening, on Friday last, 16th September, safe in the knowledge that his beloved animals were well fed and preparing for a good nights sleep. It wasn’t until Daisys morning feed just before 8.30am that Craig noticed she was absent and raised the alarm.
A small farmer with a registered flock of pedigree sheep. Craig is also a registered inspector for his particular breed of sheep, and an ethical farmer and animal lover to his core. He is well known in the community and further afield for his work as a wild bird rehabilitator, taking in and helping many injured and sick birds, at his own expense.
It is unclear whether the theft was pre meditated or that of opportunists as a recent road diversion had brought additional traffic past Craig’s gate over the past week. CCTV footage has however been provided to Gardai showing 2 individuals entering the premises and Gardai are following up with this line of enquiry.
Craig, who also sits on the Committee of Pedigree Pygmy Goat club of Ireland is devastated at the loss of Daisy. He has been farming goats for 11 years and never encountered such an incident. Daisy has very distinctive markings including a white patch on her head. She has been hand reared from birth and is bottle fed and will undoubtedly be extremely distressed.
NB: The attached photo shows Daisy the Pygmy Goat at 4 months old, she is now 18 months old.
If you have any information that could help in the tracing of Daisy, please contact Roundwood Garda station on 01 281 8142