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Carroll County Animal Control Trying To Find Where Runaway Goat Came From

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SYKESVILLE, Md. (WJZ) — A runaway goat on the loose for days is now with Carroll County Animal Control. Several sightings sparked a countywide search for the goat.

As Gigi Barnett explains, Animal Control officers believe he’s come a long way.

“Little Boo-Boo” his name is not, but “Billy the Kidd” could fit. For nearly a week, this goat has been on the lam, running away from everyone, especially Carroll County Animal Control workers.

Phones started ringing off the hook about the renegade goat.

“Everybody would see him, either at the gas station. He was over at the Catholic church parking lot running through,” said dispatcher Jane Muller.

He even caused a school to go on lockdown and tracked miles under his hooves.

“People get out of the car or people approach him and they push him,” Muller said. “He just keeps moving because now he’s about half paranoid.”

Then by Thursday, tired of running, a team of control officers finally got the goat.

“It just got tired and it just laid down behind a vacant building. When he finally bunkered down and we were able to catch him,” said Senior Animal Control Officer Mike Keiner.

For now, he’s in the Animal Control lockup, right next to a pig who seems to wants out, too. But this runaway goat has ear tags, and officers say they may be able to track how far he’s come.

“We believe he may have come from Texas, but we have to check into that. Maybe a stockyard or something,” said Keiner. “We can come up with an owner, possibly get it back to where it belongs.”

Animal workers say because the goat is livestock, they have to spend a little more time searching for its owner–longer than they would if it were a dog or a cat. If they don’t find the owner after that time, then they will begin the process of adopting it out.

Carroll County Animal Control says it’s already received offers to adopt the goat.

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