Police 'arrest' goats on the lam

Sgt. Daniel Fitzpatrick of the Belfast Police Department in Belfast, Maine drives around with two lost goats in his police vehicle on Sunday, April 23, 2017, looking for their owner.

"Though he is thankful for the company on this cool Sunday morning, he would gladly return them to their owners", the Belfast Police Department posted on Facebook.

"Got goats? We do, and they do not belong to us", the Belfast Police Department wrote on its Facebook page.

A U.S. policeman had to handle a rather different case of runaways after a pair of miniature goats escaped from their home. Fitzpatrick was able to track down the mini-goats in some stranger's garage, where they were both eating cat food. Belfast is a seaport town about 45 miles (73 kilometers) east of Augusta.

The goats, named Mowgli and Louis, were picked up by a police sergeant, who drove them around in his cruiser while feeding them vegetables and searching for the owner of the "patrol goats".

By the afternoon, the goats' owner had realized Louis and Mowgli were missing and contacted the police department to pick them up with leashes of their own.

This story has been corrected to show the goats were pygmies, not baby goats, as the police originally thought.

  • Zachary Reyes