First responders save sheep found tied to tree in East Moriches


That was almost really baa-d.

Suffolk County Police Seventh Precinct officers rushed to East Moriches Thursday after a keen-eyed land surveyor stumbled upon a bizarre scene: a female sheep with all four of her legs tied to a tree behind a vacant home.

Officers Doug Draude and Samantha Thompson, along with veterinarian Dr. Benjamin Haar, provided emergency care to rescue the animal. The sheep was promptly transported to a local animal sanctuary for what we can only assume will be some serious therapy and, of course, medical treatment.

The horror-film-like scenario took place in a wooded area off of Evergreen Avenue. The sheep was discovered at 12:20 p.m., according to a press release by SCPD.

An investigation by the Suffolk County District Attorney Biological, Environmental and Animal Safety Team (BEAST) is underway. Detectives are asking anyone with information to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS.

This rescue happened a month after local authorities discovered beheaded farm animals in two separate incidents at a Middle Island cemetery. It is unclear if that story is related to this investigation.

All photos of the scene are courtesy of Suffolk County Police Department.

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