A local man came across a gruesome scene recently.
Toni-Michelle Benteau's husband found the carcasses of 15 sheep near their property in Lamont County on Friday (Mar.23).
"It appeared the sheep had been dumped at that location and they were found to be frozen to the ground, so it appeared that they had been there for quite some time," said Fort Saskatchewan RCMP Constable Hayley Townsend.
The RCMP is working with their livestock investigator regarding the incident.
"I understand it's Alberta, we're a meat producing province and I respect that. Everybody has a right to earn a living, but when it becomes inhumane or creates a nuisance, there was a stillborn, there was a baby lamb amongst all these other sheep," said Benteau.
As of Monday (Mar.26) the dead sheep still remained on their property. She had concerns about whether the sheep were diseased.
Benteau believes a responsible farmer would have done the humane thing and dealt with the sheep appropriately, instead of dumping them.
Many people suggested that they check the sheep for tags.
"Unfortunately the sick and twisted individual responsible for this act, removed the ears... all the ears were cut off," said Benteau.
Anyone who witnessed anything suspicious can contact the Fort Saskatchewan RCMP detachment at 780-997-7900 or Crime Stoppers 1-800-222-8477.