First it was flying poodles, the story that started this blog. Now it's flying goats, only this goat wasn't airlifted for a beauty treatment.
Wind gets Mrs. Mahoney's goat By the Herald staff
Published on June 17, 1954
Mrs. D. F. Mahoney will never forget the Tri-City "cyclone" that got her goat Wednesday afternoon.
Mrs. Mahoney, of 2211 W. 20th Ave., Kennewick, reported a real Kansas-style whirlwind picked up Billy, her six-month-old, 50-pound pet billy goat about 3:30 p.m. yesterday and carried him and a large packing crate he was tied to an entire city block.
She said she saw Billy and his crate disappear in a cloud of dust as she watched horrified from her kitchen window. A moment later the animal was bounced roughly to the ground a block away, suffering a fractured hind leg.
The packing case -- Mrs. Mahoney said it was the size of a dining room table -- broke away from Billy in midair and was carried some distance farther.
A neighbor, Henry T. Rau, and his grandson, Robert, 5, also witnessed the phenomenal flight of Billy. They estimate at one time the hapless goat was 15 feet in the air.
Billy was immediately taken to the Columbia Veterinary Hospital, Kennewick, where Dr. Ivor Evans set the fractured limb and placed it in a cast.
Bill is due to ho gome today. His cast will come off in about a month. Mrs. Mahoney said if any more twisters come along she's going to dig a cyclone shelter for Bill and the three Mahoney children -- Timmy, 7, Dennis, 5, and Mary, 3.