Flower the goat and her family are in the middle of a city ordinance dispute where a woman wants her goats, chickens and turkeys back. The city refuses.
KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -
There's controversy in one Kansas City neighborhood after animal control seized a woman's pets.
On Wednesday night, animal control dropped off a bunch of animals at the shelter that a person would typically see on a farm. Of those animals were Flower the goat and her family, as well as turkeys and chickens.
The animals weren't living on a farm. They were at a house in the middle of the city. The owners want them back, but the city is saying no.
"We got five goats, six chickens, four turkeys, a dog and three rabbits all from a house in the north part of Kansas City, MO," said Tori Fugate with the KC Pet Project.
The shelter, which is used to taking in dogs and cats, only had 20 minutes to prepare for their arrivals.
"We just spring into action," Fugate said.
Animal control removed the animals from a house at 10th Street and Elmwood Avenue. Their owner agreed to talk to KCTV5 if her identity was concealed. She said she got Flowers the goat from a farmer who was going to get rid of her. From there, her passion for the animals grew with how many she brought home.
"These animals were all taken care of. Every single one of them were loved," the woman said.
Neighbors said the animals were a part of the community.
"I think they are great. They never bothered nobody and the grandkids loved them," said neighbor Janet Larrabee.
But someone did call the city to complain. The turkeys and goats are considered livestock and are not allowed within the city limits. Chickens must be kept 100 feet away from a neighbor's house, but homes in the neighborhood are only a foot apart.
Their owner is now heartbroken she has run out of options.
"If I can't have them, I want them to go somewhere where they are taken care of," she said.
The owner has been trying to reach out to her friends to see if anyone can keep the animals until she finds a permanent solution, but she's had no luck. The shelter will care for them for the next five days and then the animals will be put up for adoption.
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