Wayward goat now in custody

Shawn Hardy news@echo-pilot.com
The goat on the loose in Greencastle made a stop on North Jefferson Street Tuesday before her capture on Celestial Terrace later in the afternoon. SHAWN HARDY/ECHO PILOT

Years on the lam for a four-legged female fugitive in the Greencastle area came to an end Tuesday afternoon when she was apprehended and relocated to an undisclosed location.

Greencastle police received a call from a man who spotted the goat in the parking lot of Jim's Tavern around 3:30 p.m. She got spooked, took off and at one point was spotted on Jefferson Street.

Police Chief John Phillippy speculated she may have had a hankering for shoes to eat and was headed for ELM.

The man who originally saw the suspect called some buddies and a half-dozen showed up with ropes. The unnamed female eventually made her way across North Antrim Way and was tracked to the greener pastures of Sunburst Drive and Celestial Terrace, where the impromptu posse corralled her in a storage area and made a citizens' arrest.

It was the last day of freedom for the goat, which first showed up around the Antrim Township building several years ago, coming from parts unknown. After making her way across Interstate 81, she's been known to frequent the area near the Greencastle water treatment plant at Moss Spring more or less since last August or September.

Police logged about two calls a week about the goat for the past six months.

"We greatly appreciate the assistance of concerned citizens," Phillippy said. "She is now well-cared for and no longer on the run."