Loveland family fights to keep pet goats

LOVELAND, OH (FOX19) - The McGee family loves animals taking care of four dogs, two cats, two rabbits and two goats.

But the City of Loveland says the family is in violation of a city ordinance preventing farm animals from living in a residential area.

The McGees pygmy goats Flossie and Rudy are each almost a year old and under the care of Katie McGee, a 16-year-old home schooled student. McGee says she got Flossie and Rudy for her 4H project last spring and decided to keep them.

"She's basically raising them as pets now so we're keeping them around just like the dogs," says Nick McGee.

The McGees were notified last October by the city that they were in violation of a city ordinance. The city received an anonymous complain about having farm animals in a residential area.

But the McGees say almost all of their neighbors enjoy Flossie and Rudy.

"We did a petition asking our neighbors and things and only one person objected to having the goats here," says McGee.

The City of Loveland says the current ordinance is in committee and under review.

"It's the will of city council to amend it to allow pygmy goats or other similar types of domestic animals," says Loveland City Manager Tom Carroll.

And based on meetings with the city, the McGees say they are confident they will be able to keep Flossie and Rudy in the family.

"They love animals and they want to keep them so it's great the city is working with us to try and get that changed," says McGee.

Loveland's Law and Ordinance Committee is meeting Wednesday night at 7:00 p.m. to review the ordinance but a decision is not expected for another two to three months.

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