Herd of loose goats 'terrorizing' Blooming Grove neighborhood

People on Orchard Lake Drive in Blooming Grove say the farm animals belong to a new neighbor who can’t seem to keep them on his property that’s under construction.

Blaise Gomez

Feb 21, 2023, 8:26 PM

Updated 458 days ago

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Loose goats can be seen in surveillance video on porches, peering through windows and on people’s lawns in Blooming Grove. 
"They are pooping all over the yard and eating our plants. Eating our bushes," said Raymond Morgan.
People on Orchard Lake Drive in Blooming Grove say the farm animals belong to a new neighbor who can’t seem to keep them on his property that’s under construction. 
“This has been going on for months and months and months,” said Morgan. 
Neighbors contacted News 12 for help after they said the goats frequently take over their properties and are terrorizing them and their pets.
"It’s out of control," said Tara Napolitano. “Sometimes they’re there and we get nervous to even walk on our own property.” 
Town officials say they’re working with the owner to rehome the goats or put up a fence. 
County records show the property is owned by Lazar Schvimmer. 
News 12 tried to reach him by phone but hasn’t heard back. 
For Raymond Morgan, the nuisance is personal. 
His wife has a licensed day care at their house, and he says the goats get aggressive and are scaring parents and kids.  
Morgan says they’re also eating his tree that they planted for their teenage son, Daniel, who died from an accidental shooting at a friend’s house in 2008. 
"No one has come over to apologize about the goats. Nobody has mentioned it. The people you see, they’re just construction workers.” 
Blooming Grove officials say they recognize the roaming goats are a hazard and that they hope to have the issue resolved with the owner soon. 


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