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Some say two dozen goats are being mistreated by their owner

6:02 PM, Aug 19, 2013   |    comments
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Several people in a community on the Westside said the owner of more than two dozen goats is mistreating her animals.

One woman was driving by on her way home. That's when she said she saw a thin looking goat rubbing against a fence.

"I couldn't believe it so I decided to take a closer look", she said.

The woman told First Coast News some of the goats look like they haven't eaten in weeks. That's why she's called animal control, even JSO to have someone come take a look at the animals.

"I just think that these creatures need a voice," she added.

The owner of the goats, Sharon Smoot, said some of them appear thin because they're older, or just finished nursing. She said anyone with concerns won't have them anyone if they'd talk to her.

"If you've got a question I'll explain it, if you don't know anything about goats then talk to me," she said.

JSO told First Coast News they responded to a call to check on the health of the goats on August 9th. No police report was filed because they didn't notice any criminal activity. Neighbors said they're hoping JSO still makes the rounds.

If you come across what you think is an abused or neglected animal, contact The Jacksonville Humane Society online, or call them at 904-725-8766. You can also call Animal Care and Protective Services. They're run by the City of Jacksonville, and can be reached at 904-630-CITY.

First Coast News

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