The owner of the Moby Dick Inn in Prince Rupert purchased two goats to help her tame the weeds on her property. (Shannon Lough / The Northern View)

Northern B.C. hotel owner wants to keep goats to tame weeds

Livestock is not permitted in Prince Rupert according to city bylaw

The Moby Dick Inn has brought in a pair of goats to do some landscaping but despite the excitement they’ve stirred among residents, the city has asked the owner to remove the livestock.

Prince Rupert hotel owner, Teresa Lee, purchased goats from a Hazelton farmer this past weekend to maintain the weeds outside the inn.

“I tried to make a nice garden, and I put some cherry trees and you know those weeds I just cannot get rid of it. I spray and I pull it out but I just cannot win the battle, you know, so my husband said maybe goats is the answer,” Lee said.

She found a farmer in Hazelton who sells goats, and two days later he brought up a mother and a daughter — who Lee has named Tanny and Hanny.

“We’re going to build a nice house for them, and hopefully they enjoy Prince Rupert,” Lee said.

The goats were only in the yard for about two hours when a photo was shared on social media drawing curious residents to visit the goats, leaning against the fence with big smiles on their faces.

“I think it’s awesome. It’s nice for the kids, that’s for sure,” said Crystal White.

One young girl said she’d never seen a real live goat before.

But moments after The Northern View interviewed Lee, the city stopped by the hotel and said she would have to remove the goats.

The City of Prince Rupert has a bylaw that prohibits keeping livestock in the area. Lee said she was told to remove the goats right away. She called the former owner and they wouldn’t be able to come pick the goats up until the weekend. For now, she said she’s leaving the goats outside the Moby Dick Inn to let people enjoy them.

READ MORE: Prince Rupert City Council considers allowing backyard chickens

READ MORE: Enough is enough — fine derelict-property owners, says Prince Rupert councillor


Shannon Lough | Editor
Shannon Lough 
Send Shannon email
Like the The Northern View on Facebook
Follow us on Twitter

 

Tanny and Hanny the goats outside the Moby Dick Inn, in Prince Rupert. (Shannon Lough / The Northern View)

Teresa Lee, owner of the Moby Dick Inn and two goats, Tanny and Hanny. (Shannon Lough / The Northern View)

Just Posted

CCRD attends annual UBCM conference

Ocean Falls, health care, and transportation all brought forth

Terrace Search and Rescue headquarters gets $100K boost from Prince Rupert Port Authority

Investment to help grow regional response capacity in Northwest B.C.

Northern Sea Wolf Wednesday sailing delayed

Adverse weather will lead to a late night arrival for passengers

Molly Wickham endorses Skeena-Bulkley Valley Green candidate Mike Sawyer

In July, Wickham filed a lawsuit against CGL over the destruction of the Gidimt’en checkpoint camp

VIDEO: #MeToo leader launches new hashtag to mobilize U.S. voters

Tarana Burke hopes to prompt moderators to ask about sexual violence at next debate

UPDATE: British couple vacationing in Vancouver detained in U.S. after crossing border

CBP claims individuals were denied travel authorization, crossing was deliberate

After losing two baby boys, B.C. parents hope to cut through the taboo of infant death

Oct. 15 is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Day in B.C.

Cheating husband sues mistress for gifted ring after wife learns about affair

The husband gave his mistress $1,000 to buy herself a ring in December 2017

B.C. massage therapist reprimanded, fined for exposing patients’ breasts

Registered massage therapist admits professional misconduct

B.C. boosts legal aid funding in new payment contract

‘Duty counsel’ service restored in some communities, David Eby says

Rugby Canada helps recovery efforts in Japan after typhoon cancels final match

Canadian players wanted to “give back in whatever small way they could”

Alberta to join B.C.’s class-action lawsuit against opioid manufacturers, distributors

B.C. government claims opioids were falsely marketed as less addictive than other pain meds

VIDEO: Trudeau, Singh posture for ‘progressive’ votes while Scheer fights in Quebec

NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh, whose party has been on the rise in recent polls, is campaigning in Toronto

Most Read