Oklahoma jail adds show goats to atrium

(AP Photo/LM Otero)
(AP Photo/LM Otero)

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — An Oklahoma jail has unveiled its latest landscaping method — goats. The Tulsa jail on Thursday presented its two newest residents, named Scooby and Scrappy. The 18-month-old retired show animals were donated about two weeks ago by a Broken Arrow High School farming club.

Tulsa County Sheriff’s Maj. Shannon Clark came up with the idea for the goats to clear about 4,500 square feet of grass and weeds in the jail’s atrium. She says grass had reached 6 feet tall in the former smoking area after the jail became tobacco-free.

Clark says the medical unit’s window overlooks the goat enclosure, and watching the animals has been therapeutic for inmates with mental health disorders. She says the jail staff likes them, too.

The inmates are not allowed contact with the goats.

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