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UPDATE: Victim of goat attack shares story

The goat who trapped Debra Giuliani of Abbotsford in her home stares her down through her front window during a pause in his tirade. - Submitted photo
The goat who trapped Debra Giuliani of Abbotsford in her home stares her down through her front window during a pause in his tirade.
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Debra Giuliani's two small dogs – a bichon frise and a toy poodle – knew better than to mess with the goat standing at the bottom of the porch stairs on Monday afternoon.

So they ran to their beds and cowered.

Debra, on the other hand, wanted to take her car for an oil change. So she picked up a snow shovel and tried to shoo the black-and-white creature away.

This enraged the goat, setting off a tirade that trapped Debra in her home, located in the 4500 block of Lefeuvre Road in Abbotsford.

The neighbour's goat, whose horns had previously been removed, kicked and rammed her front door, stared her down through the front window, and head-butted her barbecue.

"I was held hostage for about 45 minutes," Debra laughs. "He just wasn't going to leave the patio and, if I did open the door, he went straight for me."

She called her husband to say, "You're never going to believe what's happening" and then placed a call to animal control, where she got a recorded message saying they were closed.

Debra had grown up on a ranch, but this was something different.

"We never had goats. I've never seen anything like this before."

Debra was at a loss for what to do next, so she called the Abbotsford Police Department (APD). While she waited, she lobbed empty Corona beer bottles at the goat, but he wasn't budging.

Two police officers arrived – one a junior constable, and the other a seasoned veteran. One tried to lure the animal with some broccoli and carrots from his lunch box. When that didn't work, the junior officer tried poking him with a stick.

Debra had another idea.

"Just Taser the damn thing," she suggested.

The senior officer then grabbed the goat by its collar, and the animal was passed on to animal control staff, who had arrived on the scene after being notified by the APD.

The goat was returned to the neighbours' property, but they weren't home so he was tied to the fence post.

"We all pretty much just laughed. What else can you do?" Debra said.

The incident has since been reported in media outlets across the nation.

Debra said she's happy that people are getting a laugh out of her predicament.

"I think it's absolutely hilarious ... If the goat wasn't so mean, I'd pose for a picture with him," she said, laughing.

 

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