Animal Files

Teens keep messing with our goats

They’re baaaaaaaack, the ever-present grabby goat gazers: people who think our workhorse fire goats are some sort of menagerie. It seems they can’t keep their hands off our beloved cloven firefighters.

Case in point, on Sunday, April 14, at 6:08 p.m., at the 500 block of Dartmoor Street, LBPD received a report of misplaced goat adoration.

According to police reports, the caller stated that she saw a group of six to seven teenagers hopping the fence and touching the goats. “The RP is concerned for the goats,” reads the report.

Perhaps our grazing goats turned the tables a la a private residence. On Tuesday, April 16, at 9:04 a.m., at the 1100 block of Balboa Avenue, LBPD received a call stating there were “40 to 50 goats” in the caller’s backyard area.

According to the caller, they woke up and noticed the goats “somehow got in” and were “ruining everything.”

According to reports, the RP was trying to locate the goatherder to no avail. 

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Laguna’s goats are being harassed again

That evening, at 6:03 p.m., back at the 500 block of Dartmoor Street, a caller connected with LBPD to report a concern over a kid or baby goat. 

The concerned caller stated, “There is a baby goat that looks very ill. It looks like it’s dying.”

According to reports, the caller said that she and a group of people were there and “would like someone to respond and check on the baby.”

Later that night, at 7:23 p.m., at the same Dartmoor locale, it seems the goat drama was taken to a whole new level. Per police records, a caller reported that, “About 20 minutes ago, a young male subject took a baby goat and ran away with it.”

The grab-and-go goat thief was described as a young male with blond hair, about 5’9”.

Luckily, according to reports, the young goat grabber changed his mind.

The RP said, “The male brought the baby goat back and stated he did it because his friends challenged him to do it.”

However, the baby goat didn’t seem to fare as well.

According to the RP, the baby goat was back with its mom, but still “looked ill.”

Animal Services advises residents and visitors not to approach the goats, no matter their intention. 

“The fire goats are there for a specific reason, to eat the overgrown weeds and vegetation that could develop into a fire hazard. People should leave the goats alone, they are working goats,” Jim Beres, LBPD Civilian Services Administrator, Animal Services Officers advised.

“Do not touch or feed the goats. If someone has a concern about the health and welfare of the goats, they should call the Police Department at (949) 497-0701 to report their concerns,” Beres said. “Our Dispatch Center has the contact information for the goat herder and can contact him quickly if necessary.”

Two and then three reports of the goat caper were called in to LBPD. Now, that’s Neighborhood Watch in action!

-By Suzie Harrison