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12:30 PM, Oct 16, 2013   |    comments
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A sheep apparently set for slaughter dashed through a Detroit auto collision shop on Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2013(Photo: Allen Oleszko, Detroit Free Press)

DETROIT (DETROIT FREE PRESS) -- Workers at an auto collision shop were stunned Tuesday by a visitor with four legs instead of four wheels.

A sheep apparently bound for slaughter darted around noon through an open bay door at Nortown Collision & Glass Co. Workers corralled the animal and fed it before turning it over to the city's animal control department.

"All of a sudden I'm looking out, and a big sheep is running through the door," said Nortown Collision owner Eugene Oleszko. "He's running in between the cars and knocking things over."

Detroit Police Sgt. Michael Woody said the roughly 4-foot long, 3-foot tall sheep with a numbered tag in its ear and a purple paint stripe down its back, was seen running on Eight Mile Road before it entered the shop. It's unclear how it got loose or where it came from, he said.

"It did have the tagging and branding that would suggest that the animal is properly licensed and sold to a butcher or slaughterhouse," he said.

Eugene Oleszko said shortly after the sheep ran inside, a man came into the shop and said he was driving on Eight Mile when he spotted the animal. Two police officers who had been following it also came into the shop, said Eugene Oleszko's grandson, manager Allen Oleszko.

Allen Oleszko said a shop worker and the man were able to corner the animal. They put a long rope around its neck and tied it to a car hoist.

The sheep then tried to escape through a window made of safety glass in a bay door that had been closed.

"He takes off for this window in the door. He hit it with his front legs, and hit it with his head. Then it just stood there," Eugene Oleszko said.

Workers gave the sheep a bucket of water and dog food.

"In the meantime, it was crying like a baby," Eugene Oleszko said.

Animal control workers picked up the sheep and took it to the city's animal control center, Woody said. He said officers are trying to find its owner so it can be returned. Officials have not discussed what will happen if they can't locate the owner, he said.

Eugene Oleszko said he hopes the sheep gets a second chance.

"It went so long trying to get away from being slaughtered," he said. "They should just give him to a petting zoo."

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