Alvin and Buckley – at least for now – have left Fourth Ward.
Jeff Koenig's two pygmy goats that inhabited a small parcel of land next to Koenig's residence on Settlers Lane were taken back to their birthplace in Caldwell County after Charlotte Mecklenburg Animal Care and Control deemed the goats a violation to city codes.
By rule, each goat needs at least 1/4 acre to roam, which the parcel didn't meet. Koenig last Monday returned Alvin and Buckley to a friend's sister's farm where he adopted the goats about two months ago.
“I'm not happy at all,” he said.
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Koenig asked the animal control department for an exception, saying Alvin and Buckley were pets and not typically defined farm animals. Many Fourth Ward residents brought their children and pets to play with the goats, which poked their heads through the gate to greet passers-by.
Some residents, though, complained that the goats smelled. Those residents filed complaints with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department on Aug. 11 and Sept. 3.
Animal Control director Mark Balestra, didn't return a call seeking comment. A letter signed by Balestra was sent to Koenig stating that Koenig had to remove the goats by Oct. 6 or the department would seize Alvin and Buckley.
Koenig plans to fight the decision. He held a going-away party, at which he collected 60 signatures of support from Fourth Ward residents.
He next plans on sending the signatures and a request to Charlotte City Council members to make an exception to the 1/4-acre rule.