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Jehovah's Witnesses rescue pet goat

By Mike Conley

Published: June 08, 2010

Thanks to some kind-hearted, quick-acting Jehovah’s Witnesses, Beulah

the goat was saved Monday.

They rescued the nearly blind 4-month-old goat from a family swimming

pool where she had fallen and would have surely perished.

Beulah belongs to the family of Rick and Tonia Hensley of Old Fort. In

her short life, Beulah has had a tough time. After she was weaned from

her mother’s milk, the little goat didn’t eat on her own and, as a

result, Beulah likely suffered from a vitamin deficiency that left her

nearly blind. The Hensleys have all worked as best they can to care for

their beloved pet goat and help her grow stronger.

Tonia Hensley said her 15-year-old daughter Haleigh has been especially

attentive.

“Haleigh has babied this goat,” said her mother.

Through the family’s care and devotion, Beulah has been nursed back to

health. She now weighs 25 to 30 pounds. The family believes they saved

her from a premature death.

On Monday, Beulah was saved again.

Rick Hensley was away on a business trip. Tonia was doing her work at

the McDowell County Courthouse as a deputy register of deeds. Haleigh

was attending school at West McDowell Junior High. That left her

18-year-old brother Jacob Hensley to look after the house.

Sometime between 11:30 a.m. and noon, Beulah got out of her cage and

ended up in the family swimming pool. The family is still not sure how

she got out. Jacob was busy washing clothes and the noise kept him from

hearing Beulah’s cries for help.

At around the same time, a group of Jehovah’s Witnesses was going from

house to house, inviting people to a Bible conference in Johnson City,

Tenn. Jacob could not hear them approaching the house either.

But the Jehovah’s Witnesses did hear Beulah’s cries. One of them was

17-year-old Autumn Stoddard of Marion.

“We were just doing our door-to-door work,” said Stoddard. “We just kept

hearing this crying throughout the whole neighborhood. I didn’t even

knock on the door because I could tell it was starting to go under.”

Stoddard, along with Joann Goodwin and Cindy Fletcher, went around and

saw Beulah struggling in the water. Stoddard pulled Beulah out of the

above-ground pool and Goodwin assisted her in putting the goat back in

the cage.

The family found out what happened later because Rick’s aunt, Sylvia

Vess, lives next door. She saw the women save Beulah.

“What are the odds of that happening?” said Tonia Hensley. “This is the

second time Beulah has made it through.”

The Hensleys said they would always be grateful for what happened.

“It’s pretty amazing,” said Tonia Hensley. “It makes me feel good there

are still people who go above and beyond the call of duty.”

Article Source:

http://www2.mcdowellnews.com/news/2010/jun/08/jehovahs-witnesses-rescue-pet-goat-ar-213733/

- Bob

{posted via email}

 


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