City allows residents to keep goats
The four present members of City Council voted unanimously to allow residents to keep goats in their yards. Previously, goats–- along with swine and sheep–- were banned. And that was just fine with St. Clair Avenue resident Naomi Roberts.
"Farm animals belong on the farm, not in city yards," said Roberts.
But fellow speaker-to-Council Clint Sherrill opined that goats are actually better for the environment than "the huge mass of dogs" he's seen in Charlottesville.
"If you're in favor of dogs, then you should have no problem with goats," Sherrill told Council.
The local chapter of a national group called the Goat Justice League had spearheaded the move, which limits residents to keeping three goats, which must remain under 100 pounds and be dehorned.
Goats have been credited with providing milk, cheese, as well as companionship and weed-removal. However, according to Charlottesville Goat Justice League founder Meghan Keith-Hynes, who also spoke to Council, they do not eat tin cans.
10:14am Wednesday update: Caption lengthened to reflect some conditions.