Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Boxer Sued Over Goats.

Byline: Rene Romo Journal Southern Bureau

2 Pet Bull Mastiffs Killed 19 Animals

ALTO Thirteen-year-old 4-H star Wesley Hall said all he wanted was a personal apology and compensation for his decimated goat herd.

He has gotten neither, his mother said, and that's why he is embroiled in a legal fight with Albuquerque boxer Johnny Tapia.

Early on the morning of May 7, hours after Tapia had successfully defended his World Boxing Organization bantamweight title at the Pan American Center in Las Cruces, the boxer's two bull mastiffs got loose from his Alto home in Lincoln County. They entered a pen at Hall's home down the road and attacked Hall's herd of prized goats.

Losses from the rampage, according to a lawsuit the Hall family filed against Tapia in June, totaled 19 goats, along with 13 fetuses carried by pregnant goats.

Wesley Hall had raised and cared for the goats over five years as a 4-H project. He bottle-nursed some as kids, clipped their nails and sheared their coats, fed them in the mornings and penned them at night. …

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