01/29/2006

S.C. officer shoots goat with TASER

ROUND O, S.C.- A normally pleasant billy goat turned gruff and, for his troubles, was zapped three times with a Taser gun.

Dodge the billy goat snapped a leash and charged at neighbor Dawn Pinette, knocking her to the ground Wednesday in this community about 35 miles west of Charleston.

"All I could do was grab his horns and scream bloody murder," Pinette, 38, said.

Her daughter called police and Colleton County Deputy Jeff Scott arrived to try to help Pinette up. But the goat bullied his way in and the deputy used his Taser.

At first, Pinette thought the goat was dead.

"Within a few seconds he was back up and going after him again," she said.

Deputies were finally able to get the goat in the back of a pickup truck, but not before stunning it twice more.

The goat's owner plans to find him a new home, authorities said.

Steve Tuttle, a spokesman for Taser International, said he has heard of a Taser being used on two moose in the Yukon as well as on a bear.

"An ostrich would be the oddest one," Tuttle said.

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