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Tuesday, July 4, 2006
Wayward goat causing headaches in W.Va.

By Associated Press — July 4, 2006

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — Mary Frances Sperow wishes her uninvited guest would stop peeking in her windows and go home.

The guest, a small black and white goat, showed up at Sperow's house in Martinsburg on Sunday and won't go away. Sperow said she does not know who owns the goat but she is desperate to find them.

"He's eating my shrubbery out here," she said Monday. "I'm getting tired of this."

Sperow said she and her sister, who lives next door, have tried to find the goat's owner but they have not had any luck.

They also called Berkeley County Animal Control but one of the agency's officers, Michelle Kitts, said it only picks up animals in cases involving dogs, injured animals or animal cruelty cases.

In a case such as the wayward goat, Kitts said the agency tries to find volunteers to remove the animal. She said Animal Control is working on helping Sperow.

"I've had other animals (come through) but never anything like this," Sperow said.