A pet goat is causing some troubles in Ballard. According to KOMO News, a group of neighbors near Gilman Park is complaining that the goat, Coragan, isn’t fit for the city. His owner, Megan Townsend and her partner live in a van and travel around the country with Coragan, who is reportedly a local celebrity due to his time as a country fair show goat. (He even has his own Facebook page)
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The neighbors have turned to the city for help, saying they’re trying to “do right by the goat,” as one resident told KOMO. The city’s municipal code mandates that only pygmy, dwarf and miniature goats may be kept as pets in the city, and only if they’re dehorned. King County Health officials say that goats can carry bacteria that is harmful to humans.
City officials told KOMO that they don’t plan on seizing the goat, but they want to meet with the Townsends to determine whether Coragan needs to move on.
Coragan’s presence in Ballard has also caused a stir in the My Ballard forum. Click here to read the forum thread about the Gilman Park goat.