Two goats who were running around Hartlepool, County Durham for several days in October last year arrived at their new home on Wednesday (16 January).


An enclosure has been specially adapted for the animals at RSPCA Southridge Animal Centre, in Potters Bar, Hertfordshire.Goats day 1


RSPCA chief inspector Mark Gent said: “We are very grateful to RSPCA Southridge who have stepped in to offer a home to these goats.


“We have been trying to find a permanent home for them since we finally captured them, after four days of trying, in October last year (2018) but there was virtually no one with the desire, expertise and facilities to take them on.


“They’ve been at a private boarding establishment where staff have been doing a lot of work to try to bring them around but they are still extremely difficult to manage.


“They are big animals with large horns who run at people and have shown a strong dedication to escaping where they’re housed.


“Southridge do have experience of dealing with unhandled goats like these and have committed to looking after them.”


The RSPCA was called about the goats after they were spotted down the side of a cliff on Tuesday 2 October and first attempted to rescue them. The goats moved further down the coastline the following day and into a large expanse of open land on the cliffside. Four days of attempts to capture them followed involving RSPCA officers, PCSOs from the police and council officers. They were finally captured after being confined in a Hartlepool alleyway on Friday night (5 October).


Chief Inspector Gent said: “There is no doubt in my mind that these goats have been kept somewhere where they have had little human contact all of their lives before being either dumped or allowed to stray.


“This reckless and irresponsible act could have caused the goats injury or death, and they themselves posed a real and significant risk to the public.


“Whilst I am very pleased to say there is a happy ending for these goats, this is yet another example of an irresponsible owner abandoning their animals for charities and public services to deal with and this has come at a great financial cost to the RSPCA.”