Grazing goats kicked out of Detroit neighborhood

(WXYZ) - Lisa Rivera and other moms in the Brightmoor community were excited to see their new neighbors move in: more than a dozen goats.

"I mostly came here to see it and for my daughter because she loves baby goats,” said Rivera. 

The goats had moved in on a about four acres of land on Detroit’s west side near Kendall and Westbrook.

They came from Idyll Farms to help clean out all the weeds and other vegetation.

"Once the vegetation was cleaned up then we would have the volunteers come in, take the trash out of the area, and using the goats and the volunteers we would be clearing this area for future agricultural use,” said Kevin Pollara, a consultant on the project.

But this afternoon, Detroit city officials shut the project down.

A city ordinance bans farm and wild animals, so all 18 of the goats have to go.

"We will be in full compliance.  We will be removing the animals.  We are not looking to fight with the city.  We are looking to collaborate with the city," said Pollara. 

"The city's changing rapidly right now.  There is a lot of vacant space that's getting higher and higher and it's just going to be filled with more crime and there is nothing but good that can come from having these goats here, really," said Rivera.

Those behind the venture say they a had a lot of community support. Residents like Rivera say are disappointed the animals are being forced out because they think it could add to a renaissance in Detroit.

"We could maybe set the new standard for like, urban farming in cities.  Like Detroit could set the standard for that and that's pretty exciting,” said Rivera. 

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