IDAHO -- Earlier this month, a sheep was taken into the Canyon County Animal shelter after it was found down in a field for more than five days without food or water.
Despite the hunger and the dehydration, it was her fur coat that surprised workers. The sheep, nicknamed Dolly by staffers, had almost 50 pounds of urine soaked wool from her body.
"It took three people nearly an hour to cut her free from her wool shackles," the animal shelter said.
It's unclear just how long it's been since Dolly had been sheared.
"Day by day this girl gets better and better," the shelter said.
Dolly is being held in a dog run and will be looking for a new home when she is cleared medically. It's unclear who owned the sheep.
Canyon County officials told KBOI 2News that the sheep was found off Highway 19 in Greenleaf. The owner, who has not been identified, will likely be charged with animal neglect.
The sheep's wool was so matted in urine it could not move and most likely would have died in the cold.
"Being a domestic sheep like that it needs to be regularly sheered so it can get the extra weight off it so it can move freely. In this instance the sheep was not cared for and caused it to lose mobility."
(KBOI-TV - Nov 18, 2014)