KINGMAN - A local business is offering a reward for information on those responsible for beheading a pet goat kept on the property.
Brooke Hinman, manager for A-1 Tractor and Equipment Rentals on Beverly Avenue, said she was shocked when she came in Wednesday morning and found the body of the company's goat, Billy, lying near a fence with the head missing.
Hinman said there were no other obvious signs of trauma to the animal and that there were just a few drops of blood near the body and nowhere else on the property, despite all of the goat's blood being drained from its body.
Hinman said she wasn't surprised when she at first couldn't find Billy when she arrived at work. He had managed to sneak out of his overnight quarters a few times, but employees reinforced his pen in an effort to prevent his escapes.
Billy had been rescued by the company just a couple of weeks ago but had already endeared himself to the employees both at A-1 and the company next door.
"He would follow us around just like a dog," Hinman said.
The business is surrounded by tall fencing and is gated at night after it closes at 5 p.m. Hinman believes that more than one person was involved since the goat would have put up a struggle. "If someone was mad or trying to send a message, you'd think they'd have left (the body) out in the open," she said.
Kingman Police are investigating the incident.
Hinman said the responding officer told her the beheading might be related to some sort of a satanic cult because the animal was drained of its blood.
In 2008, the Bullhead City Police Department reported finding a goat's head as the centerpiece of an altar used in a ritual by drug dealers.
Anyone with information about Billy's death is asked to contact Officer DeLong at the Kingman Police Department at (928) 753-2191.