Kinshasa jail, The Democratic Republic of Congo has been the home for a dozen goats, which were said to be held there illegally. The 'Dirty Dozen' were on remand, and due to appear in court, charged with being sold illegally by the roadside.
Deputy Justice Minister Claude Nyamugabo, on a routine jail visit to see some of his friends, discovered the beasts locked in a cell measuring just 2x2 metres. Although there was water there, there was no sign of any food anywhere. The cell was full of excrement and began to smell a bit.
Mr Nyamugabo said many police had serious gaps in their knowledge and they would be sent for retraining.
He told In Seine News;
"Err... goats are not humans. I have my suspicions that these animals are being kept for sexual reasons - either for the guards or to keep the inmates happy. They do not talk and so have no way to defend themselves. We are however trying to hire Dr Doolitle to see if they have any mitigating circumstances. Mr Mobek Sudubo, a professional 'Goat Whisperer', from a nearby town has offered his services to the beasts too."
It is not clear what will happen to the owners of the goats, who have also been imprisoned. However, the goats would definitely have been eaten, had they been found guilty.