Shelby County farm finds new life after massive fire - WDRB 41 Louisville News

Shelby County farm finds new life after massive fire

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A Shelby County farm is rebuilding after a fire wiped out many of its animals.

The Sweet Spirit Farm in Shelby County is filled with chickens, cats, dogs, and lots of goats. They're all part of the family, but that family permanently changed when fire broke out on an early May morning last year.

"Before I even got to the door I could see out the back and see that everything was a total blaze ... and it was our barn, which is my worst fear," said Kathy Mejia.

Approximately 70 goats were in the barn when it burned down. Just over two dozen survived.

"It was pretty devastating, it was like losing 48 family members," Mejia said.

Mejia says she fell into a deep depression after the fire, and wasn't sure if she wanted to continue keeping the animals around. But when word spread, donations came pouring in. In fact, most of the goats now on the farm were given to Mejia.

When the first female arrived, Mejia says she was placed in the same pen as a male goat that was severely injured in the fire.

"We felt pretty safe in putting those two together to pal around with during the day," Mejia said.

And pal around they did. Not long after that, Solomon Song of Peace was born -- the first baby goat born since the fire. Mejia says the birth has been revitalizing, but it has been bittersweet at times.

"We're getting used to having a little one again, so that's brought back a lot of memories," Mejia said.

Many more memories are sure to return -- seven of the females are set to have babies in the spring.

Those pregnancies were planned.

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