Straight out of the Truth is Stranger Than Fiction Files comes this: a woman who was transporting a purple, spray-painted goat with Brett Favre’s number 4 shaved into it was found guilty on Tuesday. The goat was tied up in the trunk of her car.

Guilty of stupidity.

Actually, as part of plea deal, 21-year-old Janelle Dorothy Riopel of St. Paul plead guilty to misdemeanor cruelty to animals in transportation. She received a year of unsupervised probation and a $200 fine.

Yes, this is a Photoshop job.

Just so you’re clear on what was going on here – because I am completely stupified – let’s go to Nolan Rosenkrans of the Winona Daily News for the description.

Winona animal control seized the goat Aug. 21 after employees at Winona’s Tires Plus discovered it bound by its feet in the truck of Riopel’s car. Riopel and her co-defendant, Sonny Yang, 24, of La Crosse, Wis., had stopped in Winona when their car broke down while they were driving from La Crosse to St. Paul.

Riopel admitted Monday she and Yang locked the goat in the trunk of the car.

The goat was painted Minnesota Vikings purple and gold with the No. 4 shaved on its side. Favre, who wears No. 4 for the Vikings, was making his debut for the team later that night in a preseason game in the Twin Cities.

I really am at a loss on this one. I have so many questions and so few answers.

For instance, who spray-paints an animal? I mean, we all know Vikings fans are completely ignorant and classless, but not even I could have imagined a Vikings fan coming up with something like this.

To their credit, Riopel and Yang didn’t paint or shave the goat themselves. They bought it that way.

But can you imagine the conversation between these two wunderkinds?

Riopel: “Hey, I have a great idea!”

Yang: “What’s that?”

Riopel: “I found this goat that’s spray-painted purple and has number 4 shaved in its side. I think I’m going to buy it.”

Yang: “That is the best idea I have ever heard! We should take it to the Vikings game!”

Riopel: “How are we going to get it there?”

Yang: “The trunk.”

Riopel: “Won’t it thrash around?”

Yang: “We’ll tie its legs together.”

Riopel: “Great idea! We’ll be the only ones who have a purple Brett Favre goat at the game!”

Yang: “Everyone is gonna love us!”

Only in Minnesota.

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