In spite of heroic efforts made by Appalachian Animal Hospital veterinarians, Asheville Humane Society, Asheville Animal Services, and a good Samaritan, Wilbur lost his fight to stay alive this evening. Veterinarians and medical assistants worked for more than five hours to save the 2-month-old baby goat who was found in a trash bag inside a dumpster in West Asheville this afternoon.
"We so appreciate everyone who was rooting for Wilbur. Tonight animal lovers throughout our community will mourn the loss of this sweet boy," said Katherine Shenar, President/CEO of Asheville Humane Society. "We are outraged and saddened by this senseless act of cruelty. Asheville Humane Society is working collaboratively with the City of Asheville Police Department on the investigation. We are offering a $1,000 reward for any information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person responsible for Wilbur's tragic death."
Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the City of Asheville Police Department at (828) 252-1110 or the Buncombe County Crime Stoppers (828) 255-5050. More information will be released as it becomes available.