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Zoey the goat draws support from neighbors despite no permit

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NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

Cats and dogs are certainly the norm in most Nashville neighborhoods. Unless they're scratching, biting or barking it's never a neighborhood problem.

But when a man in the Woodbine community was told he couldn't have his pet goat, neighbors came out in support of him.

Marc Bigbie had a scare last week that his goat-walking days were over. Metro Animal Care and Control told him without a special permit his goat, Zoey, must go.

"She doesn't bark or do what dogs or cats do. She's calm, easy going. Everybody loves her. I mean everybody," Bigbie said.

Kat Brock is a neighbor on Oriel Street and said she walks her dog, so why couldn't Bigbie walk his goat?

"I have a 7-year-old that loves the goat. When I take him to school, we say 'Hi' to the goat," Brock said.

Two-hundred people signed an online petition saying Zoey should not be forced to go anywhere.

Still, without a permit, goats cannot be neighborhood pets in Nashville.

The Metro Health Department said Monday it just needs the paperwork in place, then the goat is a go.

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