Confronted by Goats, Fort Worth Woman Calls Animal Control

Startled homeowner tries to protect tiny palm tree

By Scott Gordon
|  Friday, Sep 20, 2013  |  Updated 12:41 PM EDT
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A woman in Fort Worth called 911 when two goats sneaked into her backyard and began munching on her plants.

Scott Gordon, NBC 5 News

A woman in Fort Worth called 911 when two goats sneaked into her backyard and began munching on her plants.

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Editor's Note: We initially reported that Sharon Dyer called 911 for help with the goats found in her yard.  Dyer actually called animal control and was then transferred to 911 operators.  We regret the error and the story below has now been corrected.

A Fort Worth, Texas, woman called animal control for help when two goats appeared out of nowhere and wandered into her backyard.

Animal control officers transferred her to 911 operators who first asked if she needed police, fire or an ambulance.

"No, this is goats," answered Sharon Dyer. "Two billy goats in my backyard."

She first noticed the animals when she was in her living room watching television.

"Out of the corner of my eye, I see two billy goats," she said.

She walked outside to investigate.

"I went and looked; looked down thataway, looked down thisaway," she said.

The animals had sneaked into her backyard. Phone in one hand, video camera in the other, she ended up calling animal control.

"Ya'll get," she yelled at the animals. "Don't come over here to my garden."

Sure enough, they destroyed a few of her jalapeno plants. But Dyer was especially protective of a tiny palm tree that she had brought back from a recent trip to Florida.

"And then a goat is going to eat it? Not on my watch!" she said.

Dyer grabbed a small table to protect the palm tree, which is in a bucket and just a few inches tall.

"And I picked it up, and I come over here, and I told him to get back," she said.

Several police officers arrived.

The goats' owner, who lives just around the corner, showed up about the same time. He said they were his pets, named Savannah and Willie.

He apologized, promised to replace the destroyed plants and brought them back home.

"I videoed 'em all the way down the sidewalk," Dyer said. "They didn't want to go, either."

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