They say the grass is greener on the other side and a herd of some 20 sheep thought last night was a great time to find out if this was true.
At about 1 a.m., Brookhaven Police began receiving several 911 calls about loose sheep walking along Dresden Drive. With the sheep were two sheep dogs following along, but obviously not herding.
Officers arrived at the scene and, sure enough, there were sheep grazing on the side of the road as the dogs watched. Brookhaven Police then became the sheep herders.
“They knew the sheep are located near Skyland Park, that’s where they are kept and the sheep are used to graze green spaces,” said Officer Carlos Nino, spokesperson for BPD.
And, yes, this meant officers shouting and waving their arms and using their bodies to make the sheep and the dogs move back toward their fenced enclosure.
“The officers just had to run them up into the direction of the fence,” Nino said.
After getting the sheep to the fence, the officers called the phone number on a sign and the herder came down to meet them. He quickly gave the dogs two commands and the dogs jumped into action, herding the sheep into the fenced area.
“The dogs did their job,” Nino said.
Someone either opened the fence or left it open, allowing the sheep and dogs to escape for the midnight jaunt.
“They were all laughing,” Nino said of the officers and herder. No arrests were made and the sheep face no charges of trespassing.