Dublin: Sheriff's office keeping herd of rogue goats behind Santa Rita Jail
DUBLIN, Callif. (KTVU) - The Alameda County Sheriff's Office has taken on a new role: goat ranchers.
Deputies are trying to track down the owner of a herd of rogue goats found last week in Dublin.
The goats were wandering in a field east of Dublin Ranch Golf Course on May 23. The deputies helped corral the goats and are keeping them in a pen behind Santa Rita Jail, according to sheriff's Sgt. Ray Kelly.
The goats have plenty of grass to eat there, but Kelly said the sheriff's office isn't looking to care for them permanently and is seeking the goats' owner.
If they can't find the owner in the next 30 days, the goats will be auctioned off and the proceeds will go to Animal Control, Kelly said.
It's not the first time the sheriff's office has had to take on raising orphaned animals. In the past the sheriff's office has cared for a donkey, cattle, snakes, alligators, caimans and even an ostrich, Kelly said.
The sheriff's office is asking the owner of the goats to call Animal Control at (925) 803-7040. If the owner comes forward, the sheriff's office will arrange transport for the goats, Kelly said.