AMHERST, NY (WIVB) – A runaway sheep is no longer “on the lam”, but now authorities want to know who the owner is, and how the animal got loose in Amherst, in the first place, since livestock is banned.
It brings to mind the story of the farmer being asked how many sheep he owns, and he answers “I don’t know. Every time I start counting, I keep falling asleep.”
Amherst police put out the call early in the morning that a stray sheep was spotted in the area of Tonawanda Creek and Sweet Home Roads. The SPCA was called in and the chase got a little “wild and woolly”.
“He almost was hit by a car, and he got into a backyard–back by where the water treatment plant is–and we actually had him cornered in a corner,” said Bill Heine, an investigator for the SPCA of Erie County, “and all 5 of us worked our way in, and he had nowhere to go.”
The chase took animal and pursuers through thick brush and vegetation, but when the lamb was caught he was loaded up in the SPCA van, and given a bath.. based on comments of some of the staff, a much needed bath.
The sheep is a male, and other than being a little underweight, staffers said the animal seemed to be healthy. As of Friday night, no one has come forward to claim the sheep.
SPCA officials say they will hold the animal for 5 days–what they call “stray time”, and if no one comes forward to claim the lamb, it will be adopted out to someone capable of caring for the animal.