Herd of goats found near Dublin golf course taken in by sheriff's deputies

Sheriff's Office searching for owner of maverick goat herd

Who let the goats out?

Alameda County Sheriff's Office deputies are scratching their heads after a herd of 28 goats were found unattended and munching away on an empty lot east of the Dublin Ranch Golf Course in late May.

The goats appear to be in good condition and efforts were underway Wednesday morning to find the owner, said spokesman Sgt. Ray Kelly.

"We're just not in the goat business," he said, adding his office wants to get the animals back to their home safe and sound.

The goats were found on May 23 by some residents, and nearby citizens helped deputies corral the animals into a horse trailer, Kelly said.

They were then taken to an empty patch of land owned by the department, where the goats were laying in the shade and chomping down on grass and bushes as of Wednesday morning. A few of the goats appeared to be kids, and they curiously sniffed a reporter's notebook and camera when approached.

Kelly noted that goats are a popular environmentally friendly grass mowing alternative, especially since goats can eat and process tough plant material.

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