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Pet goats in Makakilo are irking the neighbors — and raising questions about allowable pets

Depending on who you believe, these goats are an adorable pet or a neighborhood menace. (Image: Lyndon Williams) Depending on who you believe, these goats are an adorable pet or a neighborhood menace. (Image: Lyndon Williams)
MAKAKILO, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

Makakilo resident Lyndon Williams says his neighbor's pet goats have been causing trouble all around their subdivision. 

He says they escape out of their pen, which was built against the owner's back wall several houses down,  and run into the street and people's yards. 

He's even caught them in his garage, rummaging through his things. 

"My wife had a case of water here, and when I came out, they were both in here going after it," Williams said. 

Williams says they've come on his property at least three times in the last several weeks. You can see goat manure scattered all over his yard.

When he tries to chase them away, he says they're aggressive. 

"I'm kind of pushing them, and the one came up to me and put his head into me and he was trying to urge me back," said Williams. 

Williams says he's tried to talk to the owners (Hawaii News Now tried to reach them, too, but no one was home at the time). 

Williams has also called the police and Humane Society with no luck, and complained to the homeowner's association, which prohibits farm animals on property. 

"The goats are not something that's allowed. When you start bending rules, people start taking advantage of it," he said. 

The issue of pesky pets is wide-ranging. 

"We have everything from roosters crowing at all hours of the night to dogs barking at all hours of the day to too many cats," said Honolulu City Councilwoman Kymberly Marco Pine. 

Pine says there's different laws for different pets. 

Enclosures for farm animals must be at least 300 feet away from any property line.

A household can have up to 10 dogs (over the age of four months) and two chickens. 

There's also an ordinance for honey bees -- no more than eight hives per zoning lot plus specific care-taking requirements. 

Pine says it's important for pet owners to be responsible and good neighbors. 

"You have to take care of your own property. Otherwise, you can be open to civil state fines and your neighbor can sue you if they're under duress, stressed out, or if their property is damaged in any way by your animal," Pine said. 

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