Police: planned goat sacrifice thwarted

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ROSEBURG, Ore. (AP) — Oregon State Police say a goat owner’s suspicions led them to arrest a man troopers say planned to sacrifice a goat before the New Year.

KPIC reports (http://is.gd/d5DdfQ) that a southern Oregon woman called police to say a man had asked to buy one of her goats. A state trooper who talked to the man says he had planned to steal the animal and was in the process of writing an apology note.

The trooper found two machetes in the man’s car. The man reportedly told the officer he sacrificed another goat a few weeks earlier and dumped the remains in a creek. Officers found that carcass. He reportedly was trying to complete the new sacrifice before the New Year arrived.

Police say 23-year-old Hunter Chambers Goldberg was arrested and booked into the Douglas County Jail for investigation of aggravated animal abuse, trespassing and conspiracy.