A police officer told a farmer ‘it was either me or the goat’ after he shot and killed the runaway animal.
Matt Minnick has spoken out about his frustration after his seven-year-old goat Volt was shot dead after escaping from his farm in Portland, Oregon.
Volt, Mr Minnick’s male breeding goat, was shot by a Washington County Sheriff’s Office deputy who felt threatened by the goat’s size and horns.
Fearing for the safety of himself and residents living nearby, he had no choice but to shoot the animal after making several attempts to control it, a spokesman said.
Mr Minnick told KPTV: ‘Goats are escape artists, and I’m the farmer. I see this as partly my fault because I didn’t keep a closer eye on my perimeter.
‘When I walked up, he was right here, there was one officer right here. The goat was there huffin’ and puffin’.’
He had told deputies he was on his way but found the animal bleeding when he arrived at the scene.
He added: ‘They say, ‘yeah, it was either me or the goat’ and I said, ‘man, there are seven-year-old kids that deal with these goats. Infants that deal with these.’
Mr Minnick said Volt was a rare breed known for its calm temperament, and cost $1,200 (£925).
The goat was tracked down in a field, but Sergeant Dave Thompson said they ‘felt like they couldn’t let the animal get any farther into the neighbourhood’.
Mr Minnick said he will make a claim for damages to the county.