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Random Farm Animals Get Chicago Alderman's Goat

August 14, 2019 - 6:06 pm

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- A Brighton Park alderman said there ought to be a law about goats – and other unusual animals – after a pair of the farm animals showed up in his neighborhood.

Fifteenth Ward Alderman Raymond Lopez said his office found two goats fenced in at a vacant lot in the community. It appears the owner put them there to trim the grass. 

Kelly Gandurski, Executive Director of Chicago Animal Care and Control, says probably is legal, provided the animals are being cared for.

Inspectors found someone had put water and even some hay in the enclosure. But Both Gandurski and Lopez see a need for clarifying what kinds of animals can be in the neighborhoods and how they’re cared for.

Lopez said chickens and horses have also turned up in his area, necessitating the City Council’s involvement in this issue.

Two goats in a 15th Ward lot (courtesy: Raymond Lopez)