Goat owner told to pay $8,000 to county

A judge ordered the owner of 67 goats seized last month by the Louisa County Sheriff's Office to pay $8,000 to cover the county's expenses for keeping the animals.

One dog that was also seized was returned to the owner, Melinda Hook, at the Oct. 10 hearing in Louisa General District Court.

Hook has 10 days to appeal with a requirement of a $20,000 surety bond, according to Det. Chuck Love, a sheriff's office spokesman.

“If you are having difficulty caring for your animals, please reach out to the sheriff’s office animal control division or the Louisa County Animal Shelter and we can provide resources to assist you," Love said in a statement.