A Meridian goat owner fought the law, and the goat owner won

By Riley James
The Meridian Times Staff Reporter

When Mike McCurdy received the notice from the Meridian Township staff that he had to get rid of his five pygmy goats or pay $820 to send a request to rezone his property, he had no idea what to do. “It started with us getting a 30-day notice saying that we had to get rid of our goats in 30 days or we would be fined and face ongoing fines,” said McCurdy. McCurdy fought the law and McCurdy won, gaining a zoning change allowing him to keep his goats. But that end result came after a fight that cost time and money, and that McCurdy believes was swayed by public sentiment in his favor. “I think it was pretty clear to people that the animals weren’t a problem.