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Dog injures goats working at Spring Hill Cemetery

As part of an experiment, the goats have been brought to graze the cemetery, helping landscape a portion of the grounds. (FOX19 NOW Photo/Mike Woeste) As part of an experiment, the goats have been brought to graze the cemetery, helping landscape a portion of the grounds. (FOX19 NOW Photo/Mike Woeste)
CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) -

A dog injured six goats working at Spring Grove Cemetery Monday night, according to cemetery spokesperson Debbie Budke.

The goats were brought to graze the cemetery, helping landscape a portion of the grounds, according to David Gressley, director of horticulture for Spring Grove Cemetery and Arboretum. It's part of an experiment to see how well grazing animals can control invasive plants.

As of Wednesday, the goats are still alive but three of them are in critical condition, according to Michael Woeste, whose Permaculture Guru company provided the goats to the cemetery.

The goats in critical condition suffered injuries such as, a broken back, a broken scapula and several lacerations and punctures. They are still undergoing care with a veterinarian.

Budke said they are reviewing surveillance camera footage to investigate how the dog got passed the electric fence and into the pen. 

The goats were fenced in the northwest corner of the Woodland Preserve adjacent to sections 116 and 100/113.

The goats were to remain on-site until they consume one acre of vegetation.

The trial program has been suspended due to the incident, according to Budke.

Woeste has set up a GoFundMe account for anyone who wants to help the goats.

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