DUI checkpoints are a hot topic as to whether random vehicle checks are constitutional solely because they can keep drivers safe. Rarely, however, are DUI checkpoints debated as to whether or not they can keep animals safe.
A recent DUI checkpoint in Bedford County, Virginia surveyed nearly 15,000 cars, resulting in three DUI arrests, a drug bust and the rescue of one goat, reports the News Advance in Lynchburg.
Bedford County authorities pulled over 32-year-old Fiona Ann Enderdy and asked about the strange noises coming from her trunk.
Fearing a human might be trapped inside, officers were startled to find a goat, bound at the feet and thrashing around inside the trunk.
This is not the first time an animal has been found at a DUI checkpoint. Sign on San Diego reports that just one month ago, police found a “dog-napped” shih tzu in a car that had been stopped for routine reasons. That animal was returned to its proper owners who were excited to have their family pet returned.
When the goat was discovered he wasn’t the only oddity earning the police’s attention. No loving family Officers in that case were far more interested in the other passengers — suspected illegal immigrants from Africa.
WSLS reports that while Ms. Enderdy is a resident of the Washington, D.C. area, she is actually a transport from Great Britain. Apparently, when asked why the goat was in her trunk, Ms. Enderdy replied that in Great Britain, it is perfectly acceptable to transport a goat in the trunk of a car.
The goat was bought from a local farmer, and was a gift to the Kenyan immigrants who were traveling with her.
Luckily, an animal control expert was also at the checkpoint. He measured the heat in the trunk of the car and found it to be at a steamy and none-too-comfortable 94 degrees.
The goat, who was panting heavily, was given water, a check-up, and sent to the pound. The Roanoke news reports that since being sent to the pound, the goat has been recovering.
He is “just chilling and as happy as can be,” says Lt. Darryl Saunders.
The goat wasn’t the only one in the car who was sent to the clink. Enderdy was arrested and released after being charged with animal cruelty. She is to attend an advisement hearing on July eighth, where her fate as to the charge will be determined.
The goat’s fate will be determined at a separate hearing in the Bedford County General District Court.