Goat butts glass door, takes nap in bath­room

The News Herald (Willoughby, OH) - - FRONT PAGE - By Mark Gil­lispie

A billy goat in Ashland County butted through a glass door and took a nap in the home­owner’s bath­room.

An Ohio home­owner never en­vi­sioned be­com­ing semi-fa­mous be­cause of a goat butting its way into her home and tak­ing a nap in her bath­room.

“This is the most random story in the world,” Jen­nifer Keath­ley said Tues­day, break­ing out into laugh­ter.

The break-in hap­pened Fri­day when an es­caped male goat from a farm sev­eral miles away re­peat­edly butted against a slid­ing glass door, break­ing into the Keath­ley fam­ily home in Ashland County’s Sul­li­van Town­ship.

Keath­ley’s 18-year-old son, Lo­gan, dis­cov­ered the billy goat in the bath­room when he re­turned home Fri­day af­ter­noon from school to find the fam­ily’s ag­i­tated Ger­man shep­herd in the drive­way, bro­ken glass on the back porch and the house reek­ing.

Some of the break-in was recorded on the Keath­ley’s home sur­veil­lance cam­era.

Two Ashland County Sher­iff’s deputies un­suc­cess­fully tried to coax the goat, named Big Boy, out of the home with car­rots, a dog bone and grass. They even­tu­ally grabbed him by the horns and dragged him out­side where they se­cured him in a dog cage.

Keath­ley put a mes­sage out for a miss­ing goat on a com­mu­nity Face­book page and re­ceived a re­ply with the owner’s name and num­ber. The apolo­getic owner ar­rived that evening and, with Keath­ley’s hus­band’s help, loaded him onto a live­stock trailer for his ride home.

The Keath­ley’s learned their home in­sur­ance pol­icy covers dam­age from bears and deer but not goats. She said she’s been in touch with the farmer’s in­sur­ance com­pany.

Asked about her new­found fame, Keith­ley said: “There’s all these aw­ful sto­ries in the world, peo­ple need this.”


A goat stands in the bath­room of a home in Sul­li­van Town­ship, Ohio. The goat named “Big Boy,” who had es­caped from a farm sev­eral miles away, was found nap­ping in the bath­room after it broke into the home by ram­ming through a slid­ing glass door. Ashland County sher­iff’s deputies pose with a goat the re­moved from a home in Sul­li­van Town­ship.

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