It’s not often you see a hoofed ruminant in an auto repair shop.
No, that’s not a tool or a foreign car brand. It’s a sheep. That’s what mechanics at the east-side shop in Detroit found Tuesday afternoon during a break.
“We were sitting eating our lunch and we see a sheep running in the building,” said Eugene Oleszko, one of the owners of Nortown Collision in Van Dyke two blocks south of Eight Mile. “What the heck is he doing here?”
Oleszko said the sheep got in through the shop’s open doors and ran around for about 20 minutes amid the 30 cars. The sheep didn’t cause any damage.
After capturing it, the mechanics, along with Detroit police officers, waited until the Michigan Humane Society arrived, Oleszko said. Tuesday evening, the Humane Society said Detroit police took possession of the animal. Detroit police did not return a call inquiring about the fate of the animal.
Oleszko said he was told the sheep escaped from a truck and was headed for slaughter. His son, Al Oleszko, wondered if it ran off from a local butcher shop.
The sheep spent most of its two-hour visit standing and staring at them, Oleszko said.
“I’ve been in business since 1948,” he said. “I’ve never had a sheep run in here. We’ve had pigeons, chickens, cats, stray dogs. Never a sheep. It was a shock. They cry like a baby. That was really something else. It was exciting.”