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Our city commission is having a huge debate over this woman who has a goat. Technically livestock aren't allowed in residential areas, but she's claiming the goat is 1) cleaner than her dogs and 2) a pet, not livestock. So, does your town permit goats? What about pigs?
 

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I have no idea...We do live out in the country though.<br>
However I did have a friend who had a pet goat in her flat! lol<br>
They are much cleaner than dogs and can be alot more obedient than some breeds! In fact - it personally think goats are much better than dogs all around! lol<br>
And yes - she does have it as a pet...its not livestock - She doesnt have 10 of them she is raising to sell at the county fair!
 

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I adore goats, and they are both clean and very intelligent, but if the city is objecting for health reasons I can understand it. Goats are far less risky than dogs, if you look at dog bites and property damage, but they carry some "odd" diseases that a city may not be willing to risk (brucellosis, listeria).<br><br>
We can have them in town, though you have to have a big enough lot (any fence holding livestock must be 50 feet from a property line).
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">We can have them in town, though you have to have a big enough lot (any fence holding livestock must be 50 feet from a property line).</div>
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I was talking to a friend who lives in a place with this kind of law, but maybe worded a little differently .... we discussed building a very high platform for the goat to live on.... <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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Our township requires one acre per livestock-classified critter, so yes and no -- yes because we have the acre, no because we already have a horse on it.<br><br>
But then again, the township doesn't have anything in it that properly even rises up to the level of "town."
 

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yes..<br>
i live in the country & can have pretty much anything..we used to have boer goats<br><br>
but uptown Ive seen goats also.<br>
the people who live beside the carwash uptown have friendly goats & a donkey. my kids like to pet them while i vacuum out the van
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I adore goats, and they are both clean and very intelligent, but if the city is objecting for health reasons I can understand it.</div>
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Our city does not allow goats, pigs or chickens. I think goats make wonderful pets. I met someone once who had trained their goat as you would a dog. That goat would sit, stay, etc. It was fantastic.
 

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I grew up on a farm, so we've had all kinds of animals. I don't know why they're objecting really. They just said that there's an ordinance against livestock. I'm assuming a neighbor called. She keeps the goat outside in a pen. One of the commissioners asked another one to define "livestock" versus "pet," and apparently it got pretty heated and confusing at that point.
 

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I know the town I grew up in you are not allowed livestock, but you could have chickens and goats.
 

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Actually, I have six goats and one sheep.<br><br>
We have a small farm. I've no idea what the rules are if you live in town, here, but we're a-ok with our goats.<br><br>
Two of the girls are pregnant and due any day now. They're like ticking time bombs.
 

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As far as I know, we're allowed to have goats. I know a family across the street that had a goat in their townhouse. We used to watch it in their small backyard through the fence. It never bothered anyone. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/shrug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="shrug">
 

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I live in a condo, I think the homeowners association would go bananas. You should have seen the panic when I tried to dry diapers outside.
 

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my mom had a goat inside city limits, but she also had two pot bellied pigs and chickens. The town she lives in is apparently not zoned, and they have an acre lot so it was ok.
 

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Yes and I live in the biggest city in New Mexico (Albuquerque.) Small livestock is allowed. I don't know if there is a min. amount of sq. ft. though. I do know that in my neigboorhood we have chickens. I've even considered getting some (fresh eggs!) until I remembered that I'm terrified of birds. My MDC playgroup has talked about getting a goat to cut down on the weeds we all seem to be growing in the backyard.<br><br>
Big livestock (horses, cows) are allowed on a certain amount of sq ft but I don't know what it is. But if I go down the street I can see some horses.
 

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Yes - we're zoned 1A (ag) although fitting more than 1 animal on our 1/2 acre lot would be pushing it. I am trying to talk DP into a chicken coop <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I do know that in my neigboorhood we have chickens. I've even considered getting some (fresh eggs!) until I remembered that I'm terrified of birds.</div>
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I'm not terrified of birds, but chickens do freak me out. They're so clucky and flappy.
 

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The yard has to be at least 1 acre here for a goat.<br>
I could have up to 6 chickens though. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Our township requires one acre per livestock-classified critter, so yes and no -- yes because we have the acre, no because we already have a horse on it.<br></div>
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How crazy, one animal per acre? We used to keep a goat in a stall with a horse. A 12 x 12 stall <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> But then they did have time to wander on the acreage too sometimes. But we didn't have a rule like that. It seemed like people just fit whatever they could on their land.<br><br>
I'm not sure what the law is where I live now, but I'm thinking no goats. But if I drive a few miles there are horses and animals like that on property. Down the block they have chickens. I don't know what the laws here are exactly. But there are all kinds of mixed up types of properties. It wasn't a planned community, so they change things as they go along.<br><br>
ETA I just looked it up, I would need a permit, $40 a year. And need to keep and feed it 50 feet from a human dwelling. Hmm. Oh, and I could have 2 goats max.
 

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I don't think our township permits goats, but they do permit chickens. But if you have chickens you have to follow a lot of very specific rules about the ownership of livestock (including a certain height fencing, clean-up rules, etc).<br><br>
I only know this b/c my neighbors were recently talking about getting chickens. We live very close to each other and although I love my neighbors, they do not have a history of taking good care of animals. I don't know why the chickens would be any different.
 
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