Woman with ‘Favre goat' sentenced

The St. Paul woman found with a goat in her trunk that had been dyed purple with Brett Favre's No. 4 shaved in it was sentenced on animal cruelty charges.

The 21-year-old woman who was caught transporting a purple-dyed goat with Brett Favre's No. 4 shaved into its side was sentenced Tuesday on animal cruelty charges.

Janelle Riopel of St. Paul was charged by police Aug. 21 when a service shop discovered the goat in the trunk of her car. Aug. 21 was when Favre made his Vikings debut and when Riopel and her boyfriend Sonny Yang, 24, of LaCrosse, Wis., were traveling with the goat in her trunk.

A repairman at a service station in Winona noticed the goat in the trunk of the vehicle and alerted authorities. When they arrived, the officers seized the goat, which was re-named Brett and placed in the care of a local farm family.

Riopel told police that they planned to butcher the goat and that it was already dyed and shaved when they picked it up from a farm. Riopel pleaded guilty to animal cruelty charges, was placed on one year of probation and ordered to pay a $280 fine. Yang has yet to stand trial and will have his case heard Oct. 26.


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