PATERSON, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — Everybody loves a happy ending, especially when it involves kids.
A woman driving down Wayne Avenue near Great Falls around 3 a.m. Thursday called police after spotting what she thought was a pack of dogs wandering in the street.
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Chief Animal Control Officer John DeCando said when police responded they found five adorable baby goats on the lam.
“It looks like they want their mother,” DeCando said. “They’re gasping for milk.”
The animals, believed to be about 2-months-old, overall seem to be in good shape but DeCando said one appeared to be undernourished.
It took animal control officers 45 minutes to round up the kids. The goats will spend some time in the animal shelter until they are sent to a farm in Wanaque to live happily ever after.
“This could have been a very, very sad ending,” DeCando said. “They definitely escaped from somebody’s dish table.”
He believes they were destined for slaughter or sacrifice.
Keeping goats as pets in Paterson is illegal and violators could be slapped with a $1,000 fine and six months in jail for each animal.