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City sheep, goat may be able to stay

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TAMPA (FOX 13) -

Shelby the Sheep and Gabby the goat are becoming quite the duo in St. Petersburg.

They sure are cute and love to be fed by the neighbors.  Rachel Auer and her boyfriend play parents to the lovable livestock.  They've had them for about a month now.

"They're our pets, and we really care for them and they've been a blast to have," said Auer.

But recently it came to their attention that Gabby and Shelby are rule breakers. 

The city of St. Pete doesn't allow livestock within 100 feet of a home.  The couple was given a violation, and these two were told they had to hit the road.

"If someone tells me it's not allowed, I'm like, 'Oh gosh, that's the end of it,'" Auer said.

But maybe it's the not the end. It turns out the city council is in the midst of rewriting the code relating to city farming.

"It is part of a movement sweeping America to bring farming to the cities," said St. Pete City Councilman Karl Nurse.

Council members are considering wording in a way that'll allow these two to stay put.

"I was really relieved," Auer said.

"I didn't want to have to get rid of them. I didn't want to do anything illegal," she added. 

So it looks like in the end, Gabby and Shelby will be off the hook, and they can keep on grazing in the back yard.

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