Authorities have arrested four New Zealand men who were caught with 11 sheep hogtied inside their car.
Four men and 11 sheep were crammed inside a four-door hatchback on the outskirts of Hastings in New Zealand. Police patrolling the area said they spotted the vehicle containing nearly a dozen animals at around 1 am on Wednesday morning.
According to The Australian, none of the sheep died during the ordeal. All of the animals have since been returned to their rightful owners.
Constable Darren Cooper told One News that officers stopped the car during a regular patrol of the area. He added that police were “appalled” when they saw that the four men had crammed so many of the sheep into their tiny car. Cooper said he was surprised none of the animals died during the fiasco.
For their roles in this very unusual crime, all four men have been charged with theft and the ill-treatment of animals. If they are found guilty for mistreating the 11 sheep that were hogtied inside their vehicle, each man could face six months in jail as well as a $25,000 fine.
All of the suspects are expected to appear in Hastings District Court later this week.
As strange as it may sound, this isn’t the first time a group of people have been arrested for riding around with a large number of sheep hogtied inside their automobile in New Zealand. According to Hawkes Bay Today, a group of guys were busted for a similar crime back in 2010.
Three men were arrested after police found them driving around with 14 sheep inside their car. In this particular case, two of the animals died of suffocation as a result of the ordeal. Two of the men were sent to jail for mistreating the sheep, while the third was sentenced to home detention.
What do you think about the men who were busted for driving around with 11 sheep inside their car?
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