Billy the kid is taken into custody after pair spots goat

A goat with white markings was found alongside a road near Haile Plantation around 6 p.m. Monday. Authorities are asking for the goat's owner to call the Sheriff's Office at 955-1818 to make arrangements to pick it up.

Alachua County Sheriff's Office
Published: Tuesday, January 4, 2011 at 10:59 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, January 4, 2011 at 11:44 p.m.

Alachua County deputies took Billy the kid into custody overnight.

No, not the outlaw gunslinger. They picked up Billy, the tame little goat.

The goat with the white marking was found alongside Southwest 91st Street in Haile Plantation around 6 p.m. Monday when roommates Nathan Kempner and Ryann Lansberry happened to be driving by.

“I thought it was a dog at first,” recalled Kempner, 18. “We pulled over to the side of the road and then realized, ‘hey, it's a

goat.' ”

Kempner said he and Lansberry got out of the car and immediately the goat “jumped right into the backseat.”

The two then called Alachua County animal services, which asked a deputy to investigate. Deputies then took the goat into custody.

On Tuesday morning, Rural Services Deputy Brandon Jones was leading the goat around the headquarters of the Sheriff's Office as it was petted and adored by employees.

“It's really a nice little goat,” sheriff's spokesman Art Forgey said. “And it obviously enjoys being around people.”

The owner of the goat was found late Tuesday afternoon when a friend of the owner saw the goat's picture on and told him about it, said sheriff's spokesman Art Forgey. The owner's name was not available Tuesday night.

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