Community rallies around woman trying to keep pet goats

2 months 17 hours 54 minutes ago Friday, June 16 2017 Jun 16, 2017 Friday, June 16, 2017 6:01:00 PM CDT June 16, 2017 in News
By: Max Cotton, KOMU 8 Reporter
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ASHLAND – A single mother of five said she is at risk of losing two dear pets.

Ashland resident Kim Proctor has two children, one cat and two goats.

On Thursday, the city's Board of Adjustment ruled Proctor is violating a city ordinance that bans livestock on property that is within 100 feet of another house.

Proctor told KOMU 8 News police came to her house after someone called in and complained about the animals.

Proctor said she got the goats about a month ago after learning they were a good alternative to dogs. She said she did not realize they were considered livestock because they are not supposed to get more than a few feet tall.

"They're a part of our family, and I wouldn't just ask someone to give up their pet, but I understand the objection," Proctor said.

KOMU 8 News reached out to Ashland City Administrator Lyn Wolford for comment, but he did not return any calls.

Proctor said she plans to lobby Ashland's Board of Alderman to change the law at the June 20 meeting, and it looks like she won't be making her case alone.

Members of the Ashland community have taken up her cause after reading her post on the "Ashland/Hartsburg Swap Shop" Facebook page.

"People enjoy them as they're driving by to go to school," Ashland resident Debi Johnson said. "The kids like to have them around, they're not hurting anything. And I think if people are allowed to have chickens in town, then goats ought to be allowed." 

Johnson said had never met Proctor prior to hearing about her goats.

Johnson, who hung a sign on Proctor's fence, said she and other community members are going to make flyers and help Proctor lobby city leaders.

In the meantime, Proctor said she plans to keep her livestock with her friends in Hartsburg.

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