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Seized goats prompt debate about the state destroying them

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HARTFORD, CT (AP) -

Dozens of neglected and malnourished goats seized by Connecticut's Department of Agriculture are running up an expensive tab.

The situation is prompting debate about whether it's the state's role to euthanize the animals.

Earlier this week, two members of the General Assembly's budget-writing committee questioned why the growing herd, which currently numbers 95, is still being cared for at the expense of taxpayers - especially when there's a chance some of the goats are diseased.

Officials say caring for the goats has been a main contributor to the Agriculture Department's $380,000 budget deficit.

Rep. Bill Aman said he wouldn't let the goats near his own herd.

Agriculture Commissioner Steven Reviczky (Ruh-VITZ'-kee) says the state is charged with caring for the animals and ultimately moving them out of state ownership.

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