Charlotte's stray goats need homes, too

Charlotte's stray goats need homes, too

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by MICHELLE BOUDIN / NBC CHARLOTTE

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WCNC.com

Posted on January 9, 2013 at 6:59 PM

Updated Thursday, Oct 24 at 11:12 PM

MINT HILL, N.C. -- It takes a lot to get just the right shot.  That’s why Christi Neal has so many tools in her arsenal.

“I have a horn that goes (beep).  Your basic little squeaky toy and your party favors,” Neal says while trying to get the perfect angle. Her subject is Atlas, a 10-year-old lab mix who needs a home.

“A lot of people go to our website and they can view all the animals we have, and the ones that make it to adoption are the ones we’ve taken pictures of,” she added.

But she may soon be wrangling a goat.

A billy goat wandered on to a Mint Hill woman's porch and he's been hanging out there ever since.

“Charlotte’s known to be more of an urban area, so if you think of stray goats running around it does kind of surprise a few people,” said Dr. Mary Blinn, the veterinarian at Charlotte-Mecklenburg Animal Control.

They usually rescue a handful of stray goats a year. A county ordinance requires that the goats be placed up for auction, and if no one vies for them, then put up for adoption.

The vet says they are good companions, especially if you're in need of lawn care.

“I’m sure in particular areas they would keep the grass down, but it might not be nice and level,” Dr. Blinn added.

If you’re interested in the goat, he goes up for auction January 14 at 1 p.m. Gaston County Animal Control also has a stray goat.

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