PATERSON, New Jersey (WABC) -- Seven sheep are getting a new "fleece" on life after escaping from a slaughterhouse in New Jersey.
The lucky seven escaped Monday morning in Paterson.
They were spotted by residents and animal control near a Sealy Mattress store and then over by a Dunkin Donuts.
One stray sheep ran from Paterson to Hawthorne and eventually was captured in Fair Lawn.
Animal control officers 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 of the sheep, ended up putting them in the back of a police car. They escorted them up here with their lights and siren on."
A farm in Sussex County agreed to take them in.
"They'll be quarantined," a worker at Skylands Animal Sanctuary and Rescue in Wantage told Eyewitness News. "The vet will come and check them, and he'll give them the okay, whatever they need, any vaccines, anything. And then they'll join our forty-three other sheep with their own nice big barn."
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