A stray goat shows up in the yard, and is found attacking the flower bedds. Leroy coaxes the goat out, and they name him Horace, after Judge Hooker. Can they keep him as a pet? Who do they call if they want to get rid of him, and return him to his rightful owner? Soon the phone lines are burning to City Hall, and the run around to various offices is made.
The whole process has soon created a bond between goat and Leroy. Can he argue the case to keep the goat as a pet? What will the judge think? What about the neighbors, like the talkative Dottie? Will Gildersleeves be within his rights to sell the goat?
until something can be done, a pen is built, and the goat is showed off to all Leroy’s friends. The trouble making goat first endears itself to the neighbors and friends, but soon manages to annoy everyone but Leroy.
Finally, the answer to Gildy’s problems comes, in the form of a city zoning inspector. A long ride out in the country seems to do the trick, and Horace’s real home is found.