SIDNEY — A day after state work crews fixed a fence that allowed them to escape to the shoulder of Interstate 95 in Sidney, goats belonging to a local farmer have found another route to freedom.
As a result, the farmer will be charged with animal trespassing, according to an animal control officer.
Mark Gould of Norman Road will be issued a summons this week, said animal control officer Chris Martinez on Thursday.
The charge comes a day after the state repaired a fence that separates Gould’s farm from I-95, where the animals were spotted grazing along the highway on Sunday and Monday.
Gould had argued that the state should fix a hole in the fence since the fence belongs to the state, and the state fixed it Monday. But on Wednesday at around 5:15 p.m. there were eight goats reported on Drummond Road, which also borders Gould’s property.
The goats belong to Gould, said Martinez.
According to state law, a domestic animal cannot trespass on local, county or state roads or highway, private or state-owned property. If the violation takes place on three or more days within a week, or five or more days within a 30-day period, the owner of the animal can be fined.
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