Biggs: Woman with painted Favre goat in her trunk guilty

Thank goodness Brett The Goat is in good hands now.

A St. Paul, Minn., woman pleaded guilty to misdemeanor cruelty to animals in transportation in a bizarre case in Winona, Minn., in which she had a goat spray painted Minnesota Vikings purple and gold tied up in the trunk of her car.

Janelle Dorothy Riopel, 21, was placed on unsupervised probation for a year and ordered by Judge Mary Leahy to pay a $200 fine, according to the Winona Daily News.

The goat had Favre’s No. 4 shaved into his fur, and Riopel was traveling with Sonny Yang, 24, of LaCrosse, Wis., to St. Paul on Aug. 21, the day of Favre’s preseason debut with the Vikings.
The goat—now named Brett by a family that has adopted it—was discovered in the trunk of her car at a Tires Plus location after her vehicle had broken down. Workers there notified authorities.

Riopel said the couple planned to butcher the goat and that it had nothing to do with Favre. She said Brett was already painted and shaved when he was purchased.

“I'm a really annoyed Packers fan, but even I would say this was over the line," Leahy, the judge, reportedly said.

Riopel could have been sentenced to 90 days in jail and been fined up to $1,000 before her plea deal. The report states that assistant city attorney Brian Glodosky said Riopel had already suffered “unintended consequences’’ as a result of the stashed goat being discovered in her car’s trunk.


No one intends to turn into a national story when they have a painted and shaved goat tied up in their trunk, but public humiliation seems like a reasonable consequence for such a life choice. It’s hard to believe that would weigh in any legal decision.

The lesson here is next time you choose a painted and shaved goat for purchase, maybe you ought to have it butchered before you put it in your car. Or get a trailer to show off your painted pet.

Yang missed his court appearance and will be arraigned Oct. 26.

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