SIDNEY — A Drummond Road farmer could face charges if his goats continue to escape onto state property along Interstate 95.
The goats were spotted grazing along mile-marker 122 on both Sunday and Monday, according to local animal control officer Chris Martinez.
According to state law, a domestic animal cannot trespass on local, county or state roads or highways, private or state-owned property. If the violation takes place on three or more days within a one-week period, or five or more days within a 30-day period, the owner of the animal is subject to a fine.
Martinez said the goats are kept at the property of Mark Gould, who lives at 162 Drummond Road on land that borders the interstate. In 2011, Gould was summoned on charges of animal trespassing.
There is a small state-maintained fence to keep wildlife off the road, which Gould also relies on to keep his animals out of the highway, said Martinez.
“It’s not working, of course,” he said. “This has been an ongoing issue.”
Gould has complained that the state has not properly maintained the fence near the highway.