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They may be cute and friendly, but two pet goats in one Florida town are breaking the law. Their presence at a Saint Petersburg home is in violation of city code.

However, there may be a happy ending to this story.

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

"They have a lot of fans," said Rachel Auer.

They sure are cute, and love to be fed by the neighbors.

"They eat like lawn mowers," Auer said.

Rachel Auer and her boyfriend play parents to the lovable livestock.

"Gabby is the leader of the herd," Auer said.

They've had them for about a month now. The two goats came from a petting zoo in Georgia.

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

However, it recently came to their attention that Gabby and Shelby are rule breakers. The city of St. Petersburg 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 recalled.

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

"It's part of a movement sweeping America to bring farming to the cities," said Karl Nurse of the St. Petersburg City Council.

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

"I was really relieved…I didn't want to have to get rid of them… I didn't want to do anything illegal," said Auer.

It looks like in the end, Gabby and Shelby will be off the hook, and they can keep on grazing in the back yard, attracting attention and getting plenty of neck rubs.

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