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Soddy woman butts heads with brother over 'too many goats'

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SODDY-DAISY, HAMILTON COUNTY, TN (WRCB) -- Soddy-Daisy is in the middle of a battle that pits city against county, depending on who you ask, or maybe it's an old fashioned-family feud. Either way, it's really gotten somebody's goat.

Brenda Smith has 22 pygmy goats on her property.

The land they graze was once a farm: sixty years ago. They've been grand-fathered in, sort of, ever since.

"My mother had em, she raised 'em, she gave 'em to me," Brenda Smith says. "These are not goats. These are my kids."

In every sense of the word. They graze in her backyard and side yards off of Morningside Drive in Soddy Daisy.

"They've got personalities, like your kids," she says. "But their love is unconditional. "They've got names, certain one, like you see, talk to you."

All on a little more than an acre and a quarter. That's the problem.

"Legally, they say I'm allowed 8 an acre," she tells Eyewitness News.

She has 22 and somebody is raising a stink.

"The chief complainant against her is her brother," Soddy Daisy City Attorney Sam Elliott says.

Cecil Smith lives directly across the street.

"It's a family grudge he has against me," Brenda says.

"That's bull," Cecil Smith counters. "All I've ever done is sign a petition to get rid of 'em, and they (other neighbors) are making me out to be the bad guy."

The petition raised questions about the goats' health and well-being.

"These goats are in better health, probably healthier than I am," Brenda says. "The feed they eat is medicated. Every so often I buy a 'wormer block, a mineral block."

The petition also begat a city ordinance in 2005, Elliott says.

"It reduces the number of goats she's allowed to have every year, until 2014," Elliott says. "She can either sell or give them away, or buy more land. If she has two acres, she can have as many goats as she chooses."

Brenda says neither Cecil nor her neighbors, will sell any of the surrounding parcels.

"It's sad, it's sad," Brenda Smith says. "I have tried two different times to go to him, and he won't have anything to do with me."

City Commissioners have given the Smiths until November 17, to resolve what some have termed their 'goat-like' stubbornness.

Failure to do so could bring fines, Elliott says.

"She could have to pay $50 a day for every day she has more goats than the prescribed limit," says Elliott.

Brenda maintains she'd pay, if she could.

"If I won the lottery, I'd write 'em a check every month," she says. "But I can't give them away. I have never, never in 65 years, gave(sic) an animal away. It's til death do us part."

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