The Pet Tree House - Where Pets Are Family Too : Former Host of “The Daily Show”, Jon Stewart, And His Wife Transport Two Run-Away Goats to a Farm Sanctuary’s Shelter The Pet Tree House - Where Pets Are Family Too : Former Host of “The Daily Show”, Jon Stewart, And His Wife Transport Two Run-Away Goats to a Farm Sanctuary’s Shelter

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Former Host of “The Daily Show”, Jon Stewart, And His Wife Transport Two Run-Away Goats to a Farm Sanctuary’s Shelter

The call from the train operator came in just before 11 a.m. on Monday to the New York City subway’s command center, an alert unusual even for a system accustomed to morning commutes with delays: There was a breaking situation unfolding on the tracks.

Two goats were on the lam.


The white goats with brown heads spent the morning trotting along the N train line in Brooklyn, making their way from the Fort Hamilton Parkway stop toward the 8th Avenue stop, according to the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, which runs the subways.




“We’re told they were munching grass,” said Jon Weinstein, a spokesman for the M.T.A. They were tranquilized and captured just before 1 p.m., according to the M.T.A.

Fortunately, the portion of the Sea Beach line the pair chose for their ramble has been closed to train traffic for station rehabilitation. They did, however, graze close to an electrified third rail. By 11:30 a.m., subway crews joined by the police had corralled them onto one of the closed tracks, according to the M.T.A.

Riders experienced temporary service changes to the southbound N train. Around noon on Monday, the police boarded an empty N train, which ferried officers down the track to retrieve the wayward herbivores.


Where the goats came from is unclear, though there are a number of slaughterhouses in the area where they were found. Other animals, like cows, have absconded from slaughterhouses in the area in the past

“They do not have names as far as we know,” Mr. Weinstein said.

They might by now. Jon Stewart, the comedian, and his wife, Tracey, picked up the goats in Brooklyn and transported them part of the way to Farm Sanctuary’s shelter in Watkins Glen, N.Y., a spokeswoman said.

“There, they will receive medical examinations and the world-class, individualized care,” Farm Sanctuary’s spokeswoman, Meredith Turner-Smith, said in a statement. Both goats are male, and are of the Boer breed, which is commonly raised for its meat, Ms. Turner-Smith said.

Mr. Stewart, the former host of “The Daily Show,” and his wife have been supporters of the shelter since 2015, when they opened Farm Sanctuary’s fourth location at their farm in New Jersey. Tracey Stewart is also on the board of directors of the farm animal protection organization that operates shelters in New York and California.

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