Leanne required however that the owner send her photos in advance to prove that the goat was still alive and that it was the same animal from the Facebook video. The owner claimed not to be able to do this as he was away from home.
Shortly after, Leanne was harassed via telephone by the high schoolers in the video, who claimed not to have hurt the goat and explained to her that the viral nature of the video was ruining their lives. They wanted to save their reputations at all costs, and these accusations could ruin their chances of getting in to a fraternity in college. Leanne explains:
Things started to escalate and I just thought, ‘I need to get this goat now.’
The founder of the sanctuary resigned her desire to obtain the proof and sent a volunteer to recuperate the animal once the transaction was completed. Once there, the volunteer recognized the goat immediately thanks to a distinctive mark: a dark streak running down her face.
They left right away but had to interrupt their journey to bring her to the vet because she was in such terrible shape. The day after, when she arrived at the sanctuary, she seemed to be dying.
She was not moving, she was not drinking. She was so thin, it was only her skin and bone. I had to give her injections for penicillin and there was nothing even to inject into. No meat on her.
Grace was terribly sick. She suffered form a severe cough, a runny nose, and crusts around her eyes. Thankfully, when Leanne put out hay for her she began to eat with abandon.
The whole first day she ate and she did not stop eating. It was clear that she wasn’t skinny because she didn’t want to eat. It seems like she was starved.
After one week in the sanctuary, Grace’s weight had doubled. Her eyes had regained their spark, she lifted her head, and wiggled her ears. She continues her recovery thanks to the team at GOA, who take great care of her.
According to 5 News, a local media station, a school authority from Fayetteville High School, where the adolescents in question went, does not have the intention of filing reports against them for animal cruelty. He claims there is a lack of evidence since the goat is now safe and sound.