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Monday, February 27, 2023, 7:04 p.m

Sheep escaped from a slaughterhouse in New Jersey

PATERSON, N.J. (WABC) – Seven sheep get a new “fleece” for life after escaping from a slaughterhouse in New Jersey.

Seven lucky people escaped Monday morning in Patterson.

They were spotted by residents and animal control officers outside a Sealy mattress store and later a Dunkin Donuts store.

One stray sheep ran from Patterson to Hawthorne and ended up being captured in Fair Lawn.

Zookeepers did not want to send the animals back to the slaughterhouse. Instead, they said, they wanted to give the sheep a second chance.

“The Paterson Police Department did a phenomenal job,” said John Decando of Paterson Animal Control. “We took two sheep and ended up putting them in the back of a police car. They escorted them here with their lights and siren on.”

A farm in Sussex agreed to take them.

“They will be quarantined,” an employee at Skylands Animal Shelter and Rescue in Wantage told Eyewitness News. “The vet will come and check them out and he’ll give them whatever they need, any vaccines, whatever. And then they’ll join our forty-three other sheep with their own nice big barn.”

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