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Edmonton Sheep Farmer Deadline Extended To Give Away Flock

09/20/2015 08:32 EDT | Updated 09/22/2016 05:12 EDT
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UPDATE - 10:46 a.m.: The city has intervened, giving Koch until Oct. 14 to remove his sheep, reports Metro News.

EDMONTON — A sheep farmer on the outskirts of Edmonton is scrambling to give away his flock.

Dave Koch was told last month by Edmonton Animal Care and Control that his hobby farm is too close to the city to raise livestock.

He was told he could face $25,000 in fines if his 50 sheep are still there on Monday.

Koch says his family has been raising sheep on the farm since the 1960s, and he says it's hard to think about giving them away to farms that may not be able to take care of them.

He says the choice is between professional farmers who will probably want to butcher the sheep and hobby farmers who won't have the proper shelters.

An animal control co-ordinator is expected to inspect Koch's property on Monday or Tuesday.

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