City officials have seized a menagerie of animals from a south Kansas City residence.
A KCTV5 viewer called our Rant line to complain about the noise and "barnyard smells" coming from the residence in the 9200 block of Askew Avenue. The neighbor said complaints to city officials had fallen on deaf ears, and residents were fed up and disgusted.
When animal control showed up, they found 15 live goats, two dead goats, a goat with a ruptured hernia that was later euthanized, two horses, a pony and eight mallard ducks.
City ordinance only allows two heads of livestock on that size property in a residential neighborhood.
The owner was issued multiple citations including too many livestock, improper care of animals, no water for animals and failure to dispose of dead animals and manure. The owner, Wade Sherman, is required to appear before a judge to answer the misdemeanor citations, which carry fines if convicted of $250 to $1,000.
Kevin Conquest is relieved that the city stepped in, saying the animals all too often were loose.
"They always got out," he said. "So you'd have 12, 13, 14 goats just all over the place. It was crazy."
The ducks are now at the municipal animal shelter where dogs and cats are much more typical.
"We did take the ducks in and we got them proper water," said Tori Fugate of the KC Pet Project. "They had not been in the water for a long time."
The shelter has worked to find homes for many of the animals and is caring for the others that survived.
"It's really hard to see animals that are in that condition that haven't been properly cared for," Fugate said. "If you have an animal like a duck or a goat, we hope you know how to take care of them. In this case, these were not well taken care of."
KCTV5 was unsuccessful in reaching Sherman.
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