Wyoming woman keeps goat in minivan
- Wyoming woman keeps goat in minivan despite some protests from some
SHERIDAN, Wyo. (AP) - Shirley Weidt says people should stop
complaining about the goat in her minivan. After all, there's plenty
of room in the ba-a-a-ack with the seats removed.
Despite protests from some residents, city animal control officer Ray
Buhr said Weidt isn't violating any laws or treating the animal
"The van is kept clean," Buhr said. "We've checked several times.
There's really nothing in ordinances or state statutes that says she
can't do that. The goat is entirely happy in there."
Weidt said it's "nobody's business" if she keeps her goat in a van.
The goat is in the van so it won't escape, she said.
Beverly Saxton, who lives near property Weidt owns, thinks keeping
the goat in the minivan is cruel.
"A farm animal should have the opportunity to graze and exercise,"
Saxton said. "When it's trapped in a van, it doesn't have those
possibilities. That's not an environment for an animal. That's
Other residents have voiced similar concerns about the goat.
Buhr said he doesn't like the goat being in the van either, but he
said the animal has food and water, and the back seats have been
removed for more room.
Buhr said animal control officers will continue to check on the goat,
noting that once summer arrives, it might be too hot for the goat to
stay in the van.