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Goat dodges Taser, makes its getaway

By Seth Burkett
sburkett@decaturdaily.com 340-2355

A goat eluded police and a Taser stun aimed at ending its romp through Southeast Decatur on Sunday night.

Sgt. Jeremy Hayes said the nanny goat had been spotted repeatedly during the day. She occasionally ran into traffic but didn't cause any damage, he said.

"I think we ended up answering a total of three calls on her," Hayes said.

Hayes didn't know where the goat came from.

At about 10:30 p.m., patrol officers tried zapping the goat with a Taser near Somerville Elementary School, said Lt. Frank DeButy, a police spokesman.

DeButy said one of the Taser barbs missed the goat, which was running full-stride, and the stun wasn't delivered.

Hayes said police had already tried several tactics to bring the goat under control.

"We tried to herd her up into fences and stuff, but we just couldn't do it, not without injuring it. We didn't want to injure it," he said.

Hayes said police pursued the goat to an area off Tower Street, where it disappeared into brush.

"I don't guess anybody's heard from her today (Monday)," Hayes said.

The goat remains at large.

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