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SPCA asks: Is this your goat?

LARGO — Melissa Gray is used to reuniting lost dogs with their found owners.

Cats, some ferrets and a few iguanas, too.

But the latest animal to wander into her "lost and found" domain at the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Tampa Bay? Not so much.

A pygmy goat appeared on Dec. 2, seemingly out of nowhere.

"It is the cutest thing," said Gray, lost-and-found coordinator for SPCA Tampa Bay, 9099 130th Ave.

It appears someone left the "tiny" black, gray and white goat at the shelter without talking to the staff, Gray said.

"I suspect he may have been a pet, but it's also possible somebody found him and thought 'they'll never believe this,' and just dropped him off." Gray said.

The male goat (nicknamed Gabriel "for the season," said Gray) weighs 14 1/2 pounds and is just 10 inches tall. He appears to be an adult, though it's unclear exactly how old he is.

"He probably didn't come barely up to my knee," Gray said. "He's nice. He's a little scared, but he doesn't try to butt you or anything. He has little horns. Little nubs, actually."

For the time being, the goat is being housed indoors.

"He is actually in our kennel area with the dogs, bless his heart," Gray said.

To get the word out, Gray put a notice on craigslist on Saturday: "Somebody got yer goat?"

Gray is hoping the owner will come forward to claim the little guy. If not, she'll try to locate an animal rescue organization to take him or he could become the newest full-time resident of the SPCA Tampa Bay barnyard. The agency does not adopt livestock out, she said.

Strangely enough, this is the second goat to show up at the SPCA in the past year or so, Gray said.

The first, a full-sized goat, was found near a country club. He was claimed by a family who said he "liked to escape" and had gotten out of his enclosure.

"Those are the only two goats in lost and found since I've been here," said Gray, in the job for 18 months. "Goats aren't that common."


To claim your goat

This pygmy goat showed up at SPCA Tampa Bay on Dec. 2.

If he's yours, call Melissa Gray at the SPCA at (727) 586-3591, ext. 144.

SPCA asks: Is this your goat? 12/08/09 [Last modified: Tuesday, December 8, 2009 7:55pm]
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