Family hopes to win amnesty for pet goat Oreo

Family hopes to win amnesty for pet goat Oreo


EAST RIDGE (AP) - East Ridge officials are investigating whether they can make an exception to a rule allowing no livestock within city limits for a family's pet pygmy goat.

The City Council earlier this month voted down a blanket exception for pygmy goats and potbelly pigs, but the Viar family didn't give up.

The Chattanooga Times Free Press reports Jeffery Viar and his two children presented a petition with about 100 signatures Thursday night asking if Oreo could stay. Before they could hand over petition, members of the audience began clamoring to sign.

Then Vice Mayor Larry Sewell asked the council to consider an exception that would apply only to Oreo.

City Attorney John Anderson said he wasn't sure whether such an "amnesty provision" was possible, but promised to check into it.

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