The rundown residence of Connecticut’s infamous goat lady, Nancy Burton, who is facing charges of animal cruelty, is up for sale.
Located in ritzy Redding minutes from the town library named for beloved former resident Mark Twain and across the scenic road from an 1867 Victorian selling for $1.4 million, the widow of a former top editor of The New York Times posted a “For Sale By Owner” sign, along with a poster that reads, “DEAREST COCO: R.I.P.”
Coco was one of the 71-year-old’s beloved goats, which was discovered alongside dozens of other dead and barely alive animals last month by state Department of Agriculture investigators inside her “horror house,” littered with the decomposing corpses of dozens of goats, with dozens more rescued, many of them in poor physical condition.
Upscale neighbors had long complained about the stench and mess outside and inside of Burton’s home.
The recently condemned home was rife with rat and goat feces, and every room was cluttered with trash, with “just paths to walk from one room to another,” the warrant said. There was no running water and no working furnace, and a roof had caved in on one of the rooms.
And now the self-proclaimed environmentalist activist who’s battled her historic town and the Nutmeg State for years over her backyard goat herd has been charged with animal cruelty and ordered to have “absolutely no animals” — not even a bunny — in her possession, pending the outcome of her case.
Burton surrendered to state police on April 16 after learning of an active arrest warrant charging her with 65 counts of animal cruelty.
Released on a $50,000 bond during her arraignment Thursday in Superior Court in Danbury, the previously disbarred lawyer, representing herself, declined to plead, claiming she “wasn’t familiar” with the charges. Speaking through a brown leopard-spotted mask, she said, “I was only told there was a charge of animal cruelty.”
Judge Robert A. D’Andrea granted her request to have the court provide her with the relevant papers, and ordered a continuance to May 26, with the condition that she possess no animals until the case is resolved
Outside the courthouse, Burton declared that she was “grateful for all the joy” her goats had brought her, calling them “my heart and soul. I brought them all up from birth.” And she contends their confiscation by the state last month was an “illegal search and seizure.” She vowed to “fight” the state’s case “as hard as I possibly can.”
Burton recently filed a 16-page lawsuit against the town of Redding — along with the First Selectwoman, the chief of police and his department, the state Department of Agriculture, the department’s commissioner and animal control officer, the town’s building and health department and four neighbors — claiming harassment.