Shasta County fair sued after pet goat auctioned, possibly slaughtered

Xavier Roger


Cedar the goat, the subject of a lawsuit filed against the Shasta County Sheriff's Office on Aug. 31, 2022.

REDDING, Calif. – A Northern California family is filing a federal lawsuit against sheriff’s deputies for seizing a young girl’s pet goat, Cedar, which was later slaughtered at a local auction.

Shasta County engineer Jessica Long and her minor daughter filed the lawsuit against Shasta County Sheriff’s Office officials, Lt. Jerry Fernandez and detectives Jacob Duncan and Jeremy Ashbee.

In the suit, initially filed in August in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California’s Sacramento Division, Long and her daughter accused two deputies of driving to Sonoma County to seize the pet before the Shasta Youth Livestock Auction.

More defendants added

Long added more defendants to the lawsuit last month, including the Shasta District Fair and Event Center, as well as the County of Shasta. The suit also expanded to include claims of “intentional infliction of emotional distress” and “viewpoint discrimination and retaliation under the First Amendment.” 


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