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Urban sheep still missing
A small flock of sheep, believed to be pilfered from a fenced lot across from Lansdowne Centre mall, is still on the lam.
Earlier this month, a sheepherder reported six of his 31-strong flock were missing from a grassy field in the 8200 block of Alexandra Road.
According to police, the fence was cut sometime overnight on Sept. 10, and the sheep—worth $250 a head—were missing.
Richmond RCMP Cpl. Stephanie Ashton said the animals haven’t been recovered.
“Unfortunately we never did find the sheep,” she said. “What’s interesting is that nobody saw it. It’s not exactly a hidden area. Even if they did it late at night, you would think somebody would see six sheep being driven down the street.”
The site is sandwiched between restaurants on Richmond’s Eat Street of Alexandra Road, well known for its concentration of eateries. According to a rezoning sign posted on the land, Modern International Holdings Ltd. has applied to the city for permission to build a nine-storey hotel, along with retail and restaurant space.
On Sept. 4, a landscaper brought a flock of sheep to the field to keep the site’s grass and weeds in check.
It’s not clear if the remaining sheep will be allowed to stay on the urban lot, but city officials have spoken with the landscaper.
In the meantime, the animals seemed content in the field Tuesday, with mature trees and a tarpaulin canopy offering cover from the rain.