San Antonio police are used to chasing down criminals, but earlier this summer they were called in to help capture two sheep who escaped their pen on the West Side and led authorities on a chase.
On Sunday, Animal Care Services shared photos on Facebook of police officers and its staff members attempting to capture the runaway sheep.
The sheep were first spotted roaming near the ACS shelter in an open field but were "spooked" when officers arrived and ran toward Texas 151. Officers then tried to form a human wall to block the sheep from hopping into incoming traffic but were unsuccessful.
Police then blocked westbound traffic in order to make sure the sheep were captured safely. ACS and SAPD officers were finally able to guide the sheep back to the shelter without injury after 30 minutes, an ACS spokesperson said.
ACS is one of only a handful of shelters across the country that trains all of its officers in roping, the spokesperson said.
Although roping wasn't successfully used in this incident, the officers were able to use the rope to guide the sheep back to the shelter, the spokesperson said.
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