The city of Greer, South Carolina is back in the news after ordering a man to get rid of his goat.
Charles Ferguson says he is willing to risk jail time for his pet.
Ferguson said he was ordered by animal control officers on Monday to remove his goat, Yogi, from the city by Friday. They threatened him with criminal prosecution if he refuses.
Ferguson said he has been raising Yogi since the animal was born and he will not abide by the order.
“Would the city of Greer ask you to get rid of one of your kids? No! That’s like asking me to get rid of one of my kids. This is my kid. It’s not gonna happen,” Ferguson said.
City officials said the ordinance banning goats from the city has been in effect since before Ferguson got his pet.
They said there are no plans to change the ordinance and Ferguson could face charges for violating the rule.
This is not the first time that Greer has made international news for targeting pet owners.