A goat was safely rescued and returned to its owners after it was spotted trotting down Highbridge Road in Union on Tuesday afternoon. | Provided Photos

Authorities say a McHenry County sheriff’s deputy was able to successfully capture an escaped goat and return it to its owners in Union Tuesday afternoon.

The McHenry County Sheriff’s Office received a call around 12:30 p.m. Tuesday about an animal on the loose.

The female caller reported a goat was in the roadway on Highbridge Road between McCue Road and Peterson Olson Road near Union.

The woman pulled off to the side of the road and waited for police to arrive.

McHenry County Sheriff’s Deputy Trevor Vogel arrived and was able to get the goat into the back of his squad car.

Vogel later located the property where the goat escaped from and returned him to his owner.

The sheriff’s office said in a social media post that “this baaaaaaad goat was saved” by Vogel.

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“The goat insisted he was framed and merely a scapegoat in a larger barnyard scheme. Thankfully Deputy Vogel knew he had to be kid-ding and quickly returned him to his owners,” the sheriff’s office said in the post.

The sheriff’s office released photos of the goat seated in the back of the squad car along with a photo of the goat and Vogel.