That's a bit gruff - animal control's wild goat chase
A billy goat that crashed into a Palmerston North family's kitchen and out of their garage has been destroyed by authorities.
The stray goat, likened to a great dane with horns, broke through two windows of a house in its bid to evade capture.
City council head of environmental protection services Wayne Jameson said the animal was a billy goat gruff, with an emphasis on the gruff.
It had been spending its time on Racecourse Rd, at a pony club and wandering the streets being a danger to the community, Mr Jameson said.
"Someone tried to seize him and the goat headbutted them, leaving the victim quite stunned - it was quite an aggressive thing."
Mr Jameson said the goat was cornered at the pony club by animal control officers on Tuesday but "he jumped a high fence and did a runner".
"It went into the backyard of the property, and went into each side of the house, normal process not startling it, but the goat really didn't want to be secured and it jumped," he said. "The family was stunned - it would have been a bit shocking if you were having a conversation and the window behind you exploded and a goat came through."
The goat "shot down" through the house to the internal garage followed by animal control officers.
"They thought they had it trapped but in the meantime it decided to go to high ground on the roof of the car," he said.
"They chased it off the car to a side room in the garage, thought they had it secured again, but there happened to be a high window so it jumped up and went straight through the glass of that too.
"This thing could jump high and escape and was a bit of an issue with regard to community safety."
The goat had been picked up by animal control officers several weeks ago and impounded.
But it made its initial escape after a break-in at the at the Totara St pound.
Mr Jameson said the goat was destroyed because no-one claimed it.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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