For years, the town knew about sheep at David Watts' house on West Moore Street. Neighbors often complained about the flies and the smell, but since Watts was not selling any sheep and kept them only as pets, the town said he was not breaking any laws.
Now, Watts faces 30 counts of misdemeanor cruelty to animals after animal control officers learned the sheep had been neglected.
Watts not only lost his sheep, but may now lose his house. A town inspection showed the roof is coming apart, the stairs are not up to code and there are holes throughout the house. Town manager Bruce Radford said the property may be condemned.
The new ordinance takes effect June 1.
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