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Neighbor Thinks "Screaming Goat" Is Cry For Help, Calls 911

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by Chris Conte

BAXTER, Tenn. - When Putnam County Deputies responded to 3310 Jackson Passage on Wednesday afternoon, they thought they were going to find a man trapped under a car, but it was actually a goat.

"We have to take all calls seriously," explained Putnam County Chief Deputy Jacky Farley.

Around 5:30 p.m. a neighbor arrived home and stepped out of her car to hear someone yelling what she thought were the words 'help.' Not knowing who was in trouble, she picked up the phone and called 911.

"They decided the sound saying it sounded like someone was dying or saying 'help," Deputy Farley said.

When officers arrived, they found a goat tied up to a post yelping at the top of it's lungs. Even the officials who responded to the call admitted the yelling goat, sounded distinctly like a human.

"He's used to being with the other goats and we separated him, I guess he didn't want to be alone so he wanted to get back with the other goats," explained Carlos Mendez who owns the 1-year-old goat named Charcoal.

Other neighbors admit they too were fooled by the yelping throat of the boisterous goat.

"It almost sounded like a chimpanzee to be honest with you and then you could mistake that for a woman screaming, ya' know what I mean? Or like a nagging woman, I don't know," said Maria Reneau who lives across the street from the goat.

Officials said even if it happens again, they will respond like any other call because every 911 call has to be taken seriously.


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