Wife and I have been hearing this bleating sound for a few days now and it’s been driving. me. NUTS. We were convinced it was a sheep, probably obtained by our neighbors (who also happen to own chickens).
First: we don’t live in a ‘farm’ area. We live by a park, in a crappy street, and the people in question live in a run-down 1-story apartment unit that shares a back yard with other apartments. (This place has been shut down and reopened so many times in the 5 years I’ve lived here.) We live right off the freeway. So goats and chickens are really not appropriate animals to have around here anyway, especially not in a back yard.
Second: I went outside today and was actually able to see it wasn’t a sheep, but a goat. Now, it’s COLD outside. This poor thing is shivering like crazy and has ZERO cover to even go into to get out of the wind. There are a few pieces of trash (pictured) lying around: really not safe with something like a goat that is likely to eat it. Lastly, I don’t see food or water. (To be fair, I can’t see the entire back yard, but the part the goat keeps hanging out it there is none.)
I called the Sacramento city to find out what to do, and they said it was technically “out of the city limits” (so I don’t understand why we’re called ‘Sacramento’, then. Stupid.) and to call the county. I did. I explained to the county guy and his exact words:
Him: “That’s a Monday through Friday problem. Call back on Monday.”
Me: “So…the goat is supposed to just suffer until then?”
Yep. YEP. YEP?! Let’s leave your kid out in the cold with no food or water for the weekend and see if you say ‘yep’ then.
I have a number of the animal shelter, but they don’t open until 12. I’ll give them a try as soon as they open, but I’m worried they’ll tell me there’s nothing they can do.
Any suggestions on what else to try? Should I just make a noise complaint just to get the cops out here or what?