3-month-old goat stirs up controversy in Lawrence - KCTV5

3-month-old goat stirs up controversy in Lawrence

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Meet Whiskey, a pygmy goat stirring up some controversy in Lawrence. Meet Whiskey, a pygmy goat stirring up some controversy in Lawrence.
LAWRENCE, KS (KCTV) -

There's a controversy brewing in Lawrence, KS, and it's really got the town debating whether a goat can be a pet in the city or not.

"I think everyone would be really disappointed to see him go," Meg Heriford said.

His name is Whiskey and, right now, he's a pigmy goat the city of Lawrence can't swallow.

"We have a lot of weeds and he's a chemical-free lawn control. He eats all the weeds," said Heriford, Whiskey's owner.

The problem is that Lawrence doesn't allow goats to be pets in its current city ordinance and it's an ordinance city officials are serious about following. When a city animal control officer saw the goat, the officer told the family they had to get rid of it.

"Much sadness, a lot of tears, hunger strikes, everyone was very disappointed," Heriford said.

Whiskey's owner said her 3-month-old pygmy goat was a birthday gift to her husband and she had no idea the city would not allow it.

"He won't actually get much bigger than our dog is, and he behaves a lot like a dog," Heriford said. "He likes to walk on the leash, he likes to be outside."

The family has other pets - they've got a dog, a cat, a parakeet and even some chickens, but they said nothing beats their goat.

"Ah man, this goat," Heriford's husband Arthur Dodge said. "It's the perfect pet. Look at it, it's beautiful. I say take my dog, but leave my goat."

"He is highest on the totem pole around here as far as the pets go," Heriford said. "He provides the most benefit; he's the greatest yield for the smallest input."

For now, the family has been given a temporary permit by the city to have the goat. The city said they'll re-examine their ordinance and discuss it at a future meeting to find out if the ordinance surrounding having a pet goat should be upheld or not.

The city thinks it might be as long as two months before they'll be able to officially decide on the goat. They are allowing the family to keep it until they can make a decision.

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