In 2007, residents of Brooklyn were astounded to see a homeless young goat strolling through Prospect Park. Apparently, the little goat had escaped from a nearby slaughterhouse. Luckily for the baby goat (later named "Albie"), the Brooklyn branch of Animal Care and Control reached out to Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary, and Albie was transported to his new life on the farm.
However, Albie's story didn't end there. The little goat was severely malnourished upon his arrival at Woodstock Farm, and had a bad case of the cutaneous disease Orf, which causes painful lesions around the animal's nose and mouth. Though the sores eventually healed, Albie was still in pain. Sanctuary workers suspected that Albie had been hogtied at the slaughterhouse, and the lack of circulation to his legs had caused a portion of one of his hooves to fall off. This made walking very painful for Albie, as there was sensitive tissue below the hoof that was exposed.
It soon became clear that Albie's leg was not going to heal properly. "After many months of treatment including surgery, I was left with no choice but to have his leg amputated," says Woodstock's executive director Jenny Brown in a press release. "It wasn't a decision we took lightly as I myself am an amputee, having lost my leg below the knee due to bone cancer as a child."