EXETER, N.H. — You could say the Exeter Police Department got their goats.
On Tuesday morning just before 10:30 a.m., two runaway goats were spotted on Portsmouth Avenue across from the Ira Automotive Dealership.
Officers Nicholas Patterson and Michael Ingenito were able to round up the animals without incident.
“They were very friendly,” Patterson said. “The first one I put in actually started licking my ear as I was carrying it.”
One of the goats was well behaved once inside the cruiser while the other one was a bit startled.
After calming the kids down, officers were able to return the runaways around 11:00 a.m. just as their owner was about to go looking for them.
As it turns out, this isn’t the first time these goats have butt heads with the law.
The same pair managed to escape in 2020 and were captured by Ingenito himself and fellow Officer Sonya Robicheau.
But the encounter with the animals was a first for Officer Patterson, who graduated from the police academy this past December. “They weren’t on the resume yet,” he kidded.
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