Tuesday, November 27, 2007

GOats In the News- Police save goats from freeway traffic

Police save goats from freeway traffic
STEVE LYTTLE
slyttle@charlotteobserver.com

A pair of goats on an area freeway added to the problem of heavy traffic Sunday evening as motorists headed home at the end of the Thanksgiving holiday weekend.

Police say the goats briefly wandered onto a section of Interstate 40 in Hickory, before authorities were able to rescue the animals and save them from a grisly fate.

The animals were reported on westbound I-40 near the Lenoir-Rhyne Boulevard interchange Sunday evening. Police spent about two hours trying to capture the goats, while heavy traffic whizzed by.

According to police, the animals finally were cornered on 11th Avenue Southeast, where authorities were able to tranquilize the goats and take them to the Catawba County Animal Shelter. There is no word as to where the goats came from.