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Fri Dec 15, 2017, 01:01 AM

Ohio couple told again to get rid of 'support' goats


In this Friday, Dec. 8, 2017 photo, Amanda Held kisses her goat Loomis as her husband Justin Held watches in Grand Rapids, Ohio. The couple, who say their three goats have helped ease the husband's depression, have been ordered once again to get rid of them. The Held's were told during a court hearing Friday in Bowling Green, they must remove the animals from their property for a misdemeanor zoning violation to be dismissed. (Jeremy Wadsworth/The Blade via AP)


BOWLING GREEN, Ohio — An Ohio couple who say their three goats have helped ease the husband’s depression has been ordered once again to get rid of them.

The Blade reports that Justin and Amanda Held were told during a court hearing Friday in Bowling Green they must remove the animals from their property for a misdemeanor zoning violation to be dismissed.

It’s not the first time the Helds and the village of Grand Rapids have butted heads over the goats. The couple removed the goats last year after the village cited them but brought them back earlier this year when a doctor certified them as emotional support animals.

The village cited the couple again in September.

Amanda Held says that while they’ll comply, she’ll continue fighting for the goats and her husband’s happiness.

Read more: https://www.abqjournal.com/1104517/ohio-couple-told-again-to-get-rid-of-support-goats.html

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Response to TexasTowelie (Original post)

Fri Dec 15, 2017, 01:07 AM

1. Are "emotional support" tigers a thing yet? n/t

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Response to PoliticAverse (Reply #1)

Fri Dec 15, 2017, 01:27 AM

3. Yes they are.........

They must be careful not to bite off the hand that feeds them.

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Response to TexasTowelie (Original post)

Fri Dec 15, 2017, 01:14 AM

2. I seem to remember a case like this before - I'm sure it was a goat or goats

But I believe it was an older gentleman who had the goat(s). Neighborhood kids liked to stop by to see it. I don't see the problem.

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Response to Rhiannon12866 (Reply #2)

Fri Dec 15, 2017, 02:40 AM

5. There was a nice horse on one street over from our apt. (previous residence)

and a townhome was on the market right across the street from his field and shelter! I went to see the townhome (exterior) and the horse came up to the fence. I got photos. The place had gotten an offer by the time we asked for an appointment and it was kinda not for us anyway. But, I would have been in heaven living across from a horse! This is a really residential area. The guy must've gotten some kinda waiver to keep him there.

Back in the day my grandmother and most neighbors had chickens and coops. We're talking in the city limits!

Rhiannon,


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Response to TexasTowelie (Original post)

Fri Dec 15, 2017, 01:54 AM

4. i want a support crocodile to take to costco nt

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Response to msongs (Reply #4)

Fri Dec 15, 2017, 02:41 AM

6. !

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Response to msongs (Reply #4)

Fri Dec 15, 2017, 04:22 AM

9. Get a support caiman - smaller and most people have no idea what a caiman is. n/t

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Response to TexasTowelie (Original post)

Fri Dec 15, 2017, 02:51 AM

7. You'd think that since he is a Bowling Green massacre survivor they'd have more sympathy.

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Response to AJT (Reply #7)

Fri Dec 15, 2017, 04:21 AM

8. If he had been an Andria Doria survivor they probably would have let it pass.

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Response to TexasTowelie (Original post)

Fri Dec 15, 2017, 04:31 AM

10. What kind of misdemeanor zoning violation ?

I don't see where's the problem ?

It is not as if they had hippopotamus...

Goats are not dangerous. They are not left on their own in an open land.

Here, you can have goats but the land must be enclosed, because it is forbidden to tie the goats.

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Response to syringis (Reply #10)

Fri Dec 15, 2017, 04:54 AM

11. Most likely it prohibits farm animals from living in a suburban or urban area.

Those items are adopted by local ordinances and tend to be found in a lot of urban and suburban cities. Those ordinances are frequently used to keep people from having roosters and other loud animals or animals that produce a lot of excrement since they lower the ambiance of the neighborhood.

There are some people who prefer to live in sterile neighborhoods and they see it as a status symbol. When I lived in one of the suburbs near Dallas it took about three weeks for an animal carcass to decay because there were none of the normal bugs or other scavengers (buzzards or vultures) around. In other parts of Texas the carcass would be gone in 5-7 days.

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Response to TexasTowelie (Reply #11)

Fri Dec 15, 2017, 05:14 AM

12. Hello TexasTowelie

How are you ?

Oh I see.

Well, these ordinances may have sense for good reasons but in this case, it is more or less like having a big dog.

I know it is easier to say than to do, but they should move to another place where people are more compassionate.

A "status symbol" which implies or imposes a sterile environment, is as hospitable as a mortuary...

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Response to syringis (Reply #12)

Fri Dec 15, 2017, 05:32 AM

13. I'm not doing well.

I'm having a major health problem that is annoying, but treatable. Unfortunately it may take a few weeks to get over it.

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Response to TexasTowelie (Original post)

Fri Dec 15, 2017, 01:05 PM

14. Have you ever heard the expession "smells like a goat?"

There is some truth to it in the case of male goats.

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Response to Nitram (Reply #14)

Fri Dec 15, 2017, 04:06 PM

15. I've heard it but never noticed it. They've one of the few munures that can be put directly onto a..

garden. They're quiet and make good neighbors. They're very affectionate.

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