- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 20, 2016

LEOMINSTER, Mass. (AP) - Police are investigating the shooting death of a sheep at a former landfill in Massachusetts.

The Sentinel & Enterprise reports (https://bit.ly/29Z7xwj) the Scottish blackface was found dead Monday afternoon at Leominster’s former landfill, where sheep from nearby Kalon Farm graze on grass.

Chief Michael Goldman says the female sheep was killed by a gunshot wound to the neck.

Sheep from Kalon Farm are placed at the fenced-in landfill to help control the grass there.

Keith Kopley, who owns the farm, says employees check on the sheep every three days. He says the dead sheep was discovered by an employee who was making sure the herd of about 100 had enough water.

Mayor Dean Mazzarella says he was “horrified” to learn of the shooting.

The incident remains under investigation.

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