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Agawam Couple Fighting to Keep Goats say They’ll Appeal 45 Day Ruling

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AGAWAM, Mass. (WGGB) — The Agawam couple who are fighting to keep their 15 goats have lost their latest court battle.

According to Alan Griffin, the state housing court judge in Springfield today gave him 45 days to get rid of the goats or the town of Agawam will take them.

Alan and Sue Griffin care for the goats every day and they just can’t imagine that this could happen.

On August 22 they filed suit with Springfield’s U.S. District Court, to the tune of $2 million.  The Griffin’s claim that the town is discriminating against them because they’re disabled, and violating their civil rights by asking them to get rid of the herd.

Neighbors first complained about the goats in 2006. Since then, the Griffins say they’ve been put through mental anguish and stress because of it. According to the attorney they hired, Real Estate Broker Richard Fontaine, the town is concerned that the goats will attract insects and disease.

The town’s bylaws state that the keeping and raising poultry, livestock and pigeons for table or other purposes are prohibited.

Alan say he plans to appeal the judge’s ruling today and wants to take it to federal court.  He also told ABC40 he’s looking for a new attorney.



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  • Cruizer

    OK, but what about the neighbors whose property is impacted by the goats?? If it were one or two I’d say maybe, but 15 goats is over the top. If they are that concerned and want to keep them they should move to a property that allows animanls, etc.
    Just because you own a house doesnt give you the right to do watever you want, expecially since it impacts your neighbors who also paid for their houses and have a right to live there without being bothered by you.

  • doggone

    Alan, what are you doing to that goat?

  • doggone

    Finally, we have found someone who understands the situation.