A series of home invasions in Frankton, near Queenstown in New Zealand has left local resident Sam Penny clamouring for justice. The incidents, which allegedly culminated in an attack on Penny's girlfriend and a broken guitar, began when the alleged perpetrator chewed the architraves in Penny's apartment and destroyed a pot-luck dinner. The offender has been identified but due to a legal loophole, the fact he's a goat, he's avoided charges.
Council authorities have been unable to take formal action, opting instead for preventative justice.
Penny described the intrusions and complained about council inaction.
"I like to keep my garage door open somewhat to let a nice breeze through the house and this f*cking goat keeps coming in and ruining my sh*t," he said.
Council regulatory manager Lee Webster said to his knowledge the council had only received one complaint about the goat, who he described as "quite a sizeable animal".
"I believe his name is Kevin," Webster said.
Kevin, who lives at The Lake House next door to Alpine Village, allegedly entered Penny's home three times through an open garage door.
After Kevin's first foray, the architraves had to be replaced and painted.
"The second time it ate all my lotto tickets, sh*t and p*ssed all over my floor and left mud stains on the carpet that are still there," Penny said.
"During the weekend it came in and tried to charge me and my girlfriend and knocked over my guitar and snapped the neck on it."
Webster said there had been a lot of discussion with the complainant and with the goat's owner to determine the facts.
Because dog control laws don't apply to goats, the council advised the complainant to talk to the police if Kevin posed a threat to life.
"The way I see, it shouldn't matter if it's a f*cking pitbull or a pet butterfly, if it's coming onto your property, into your house and ruining your sh*t, then the council should be held responsible for making sure the correct steps are taken so it stops happening," a frustrated Penny added.
Webster said the council had worked with the goat's owner and advised them to keep Kevin controlled and ensure he was fenced in.
"It's not a common occurrence to have these issues with goats," he said.