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cryinoutloud: St. Petersburg has an ordinance against livestock (goats, horses and cattle included) within 100 feet of a residence. Shelby and Gabby must go, the letter said.Fiore, 28, and Auer, 27, are fighting back.I actually thought about getting a goat (goat cheese, and I have a small yard to mow), or maybe a chicken or something, but then I checked the codes. Can't do it--I live in town.Apparently they didn't check the codes.
Headso: buy a property that can have livestock if you want livestock.
Sin_City_Superhero: Headso: buy a property that can have livestock if you want livestock.What's the legal difference between a "pet" and "livestock"? If I have no interest in eating the animal, or harvesting it's eggs or milk, is it still "livestock"? What about a horse? Is a horse "livestock" or would that be a "pet"?
The Irresponsible Captain: These kind of laws are all fairly recent, less than 100 years ago you had to be able to have at least a horse on your property. I'm for a small, but regulated, number of animals on any lot that has enough room.I'd say get a variance from the city, but some of these guys are tin-pot dictators and it would be pretty difficult even if all the neighbors were in to it.
boyvoyeur: Goos for them for trying to go through the proper chanels. I wouldn't be on their side if they first contacted the ACLU, Jessie Jackson and Peta.
theflatline: This is a pretty common occurrence when many northerners want to move south to beat the cold and "get back to the land". They seem to think they are immune to the law.I live in a historic neighborhood and we had a couple move in from New York and put a chicken coop with a cawing rooster, not thinking that this would bother anyone in a residential neighbor hood.
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balisane: There's hardly enough wool on that tiny little sheep to knit a hat with. xD
Vector R: They made an exception for pot-bellied pigs in 1992
eldie: Regulations which make no sense should be removed from city codes. Plus they're very cute and should not be removed from their home!
eldie: City code should be altered to allow residents to keep goat and sheep if they can keep chickens and other livestock. These pets are earning their keep and are environmentally correct by keeping lawn "mowed" without a noisy gas powered lawn mower and are reducing city waste by eating the grass as well as couple's food scraps. Plus they're quiet and well regarded by neighbors (human and canine) who are not complaining. Regulations which make no sense should be removed from city codes. Plus they're very cute and should not be removed from their home!
Vector R: If they don't make a significant amount of noise or smell, then anyone with a problem is clearly a nosy busybody that needs something better to do. They made an exception for pot-bellied pigs in 1992, and since these goats are a pygmy variety, they should make an exception.
safeforwork: Grew up surrounded by a goat farm, and the lady who owned it was in her 80's and her kids (human ones) were useless, so I used to help her out. Little cusses really can get out of *anything*, but don't tend to be destructive about it. Sometimes they'd to jump the fence into our yard, but rather than eat the 'pretty' flowers and such in the garden, they'd just eat the weeds. The 50 or so acres always looked like a perfectly manicured lawn, with almost no weeds... and they didn't *over* graze like horses and cows tend to so it was always lush green grass kept exactly a perfect height.When she passed, her son sold off the goats and divided the pasture into lots. Said he was going to build houses, but a decade later it was all empty, ugly, overgrown lots. The nearby church eventually bought most of the land and built a school -- the land was turned into a bunch of portable classrooms and looked even *worse* than the overgrown lots. Now the school is closing, so I'm looking forward to the hobos moving into the portables.... uh, where was I going with this? Goats are pretty cool and useful. These folk live near me, so maybe I'll try to convince Mr. forwork we need a goat if this goes in their favor...
Jument: Vector R: If they don't make a significant amount of noise or smell, then anyone with a problem is clearly a nosy busybody that needs something better to do. They made an exception for pot-bellied pigs in 1992, and since these goats are a pygmy variety, they should make an exception.There are reasons why animals are not allowed in large numbers in urban settings. Poop, for instance. Poop is all kinds of problems. It can smell, rot, and create run-off that must be treated. You are not free to do whatever the hell you want because many choices have real consequences.If the local gubmint looks at the pros and cons and decides to allow kids, that's fine. I'm just saying it's not just a simple "I'll do what I want" kind of thing.
Fafai: Goat pic in profile. It's dead now. :(
ladyfortuna: Fafai: Goat pic in profile. It's dead now. :(I'm sorry for your lost pet.However, I feel I must point out BRISCO COUNTY.
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