Conlin proposes city allows goats as pets

Councilmember Richard Conlin is proposing to amend Seattle's Land Use Code to include goats as a small animal that can be kept in all zones.

Currently, the keeping of small animals such as dogs, cats and miniature pigs is permitted within city limits. Goats, however, are not allowed.

The proposal would include requirements for licensing and fees and penalties for failure to license goats.

The types of goats to be permitted are commonly known as pygmy, dwarf and miniature goats. These goats would be allowed to be kept as small animals, provided that male minature goats are neutered and all miniature goats dehorned.

Nursing offspring of miniature goats, licensed according to the provisions of the code, may be kept until the offspring is weaned without violating the limit on the number of animals that can be kept.

The City Council's Environmental, Emergency Management and Utilities Committee will hold a public hearing to take comments on the proposal on Tuesday, Sept. 18, at 5:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers, second flor, Seattle City Hall, 600 Fourth Ave.

For more information, call Phyllis Shulman, (206) 684-8805.

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