Shotgun-riding goat rescued after stop

Jan. 14, 2011 at 4:13 PM
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HEMET, Calif., Jan. 14 (UPI) -- A goat confiscated from a suspected drunk driver in California is unharmed and could be adopted if its owner does not step forward, authorities said.

The goat was discovered riding shotgun in a car stopped Tuesday night by a California Highway Patrol officer near Hemet, Calif., the Los Angeles Times reported Friday.

Authorities suspected the goat was stolen after the driver and a passenger in the back seat denied ownership.

"It just sounds like they were on a drunken joyride, and the goat became their new buddy along the way," John Welsh of the Riverside County Animal Services Department said.

The goat was taken to the Western Riverside County-City Animal Shelter, where it was keeping company with a deer and several horses while waiting for its owner.

"What's really funny is that the officer that got called out to the goat this time is the same officer that responded to a goat wandering around a Carl's Jr." last year, Welsh said. "She is our official goat officer now."

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