Goat must go, family will, too, says dad

EAST RIDGE, Tenn. (AP) -- A vote by the East Ridge City Council got the Viar family's goat.

On a 3-1 vote with no discussion, the council on Thursday killed a proposal that would have made exceptions for pigmy goats and pot-bellied pigs in the city ordinance that bans farm animals.

Jeffrey Viar told the Chattanooga Times Free Press his family would pack up their pigmy goat named Oreo and move.

East Ridge Animal Control Supervising Officer Jonathan Cooper urged the council to pass the exception. He argued the 40-pound black and white goat isn't much different from medium-sized dogs.

Viar said he has been looking for the past few weeks and hopes to move just across the Georgia border so he can stay close to his mother and brother in East Ridge.

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