ALBANY (KCBS) – The city of Albany currently has a ban on residents keeping backyard goats, but a petition drive is gaining steam to lift that ban.

Goats are allowed in Albany on a temporary basis for weed abatement. But dozens of people have signed a petition asking that the city allow residents to keep goats as backyard pets.

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Dee Harley has raised goats for 20 years at her farm in Pescadero and said fencing is a must if the animals are kept in backyards.

“You don’t want your goat to get out of your garden and eat all your nice plants and you certainly don’t want them to be jumping up off the road and eating your neighbor’s gardens,” she said.

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Like other pets, the animals would need proper food, shelter and lots of water. And as for the noise factor?

“They’re not really loud animals and they’re really quite gentle,” Harley said. “They like to climb on things and climb against things.”

Two East Bay cities – Berkeley and El Cerrito – already allow residents to keep goats, just not a lot of them.

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