He still has his memories

A man who kept 77 sheep in his suburban home was charged Wednesday with 30 counts of misdemeanor animal cruelty.

David Watts, 47, was being held at the Wake County jail in lieu of $12,000 bail after a court appearance. A judge denied a request by Watts’ lawyer to release him pending trial.

Watts kept some of the younger sheep on the ground floor of his house and kept the others in pens in the yard, authorities said.

Watts, who said he has raised sheep for a decade, called the animals “relaxing to be around.”

“It’s like in Florida, you can swim with the dolphins. If you can get sheep to follow you, it might be a similar experience.”

I wonder if he was giving new meaning to animal husbandry.



  1. Angel H. Wong says:

    “There’s so much wool in there you can knit sweaters!”

    Stolen from a Porky’s movie.

  2. Greg Allen says:

    Here’s another weird sheep story that was in my paper today.

    Mahopac, New York: Criminal charges have been dropped against a man accused of breaking into a barn, spray-painting three pet goats and scattering pages of pornographic magazines on the floor.

    http://tinyurl.com/2tbl23

    Pornography and spray painted sheep? Sounds like some of the “art events” I went to in college!

  3. Mac Guy says:

    For the record (since many of you already know I live in North Carolina), it was not me! I have never, nor will ever, own sheep.

  4. Matthew says:

    creepy how happy he looks.

    and goats are not sheep. sheep go to heaven, goats go to hell.

  5. Mac Guy says:

    Apex, NC, definitely doesn’t need more publicity like this. It’s actually a REALLY nice place to live. It’s very close to Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill and Cary. A shame to have this pop up in the news, less than a year after the chemical fire (that company is getting kicked out of NC, btw).

  6. NSILMike says:

    77 sheep inside the house…?
    30 counts of misdemeanor animal cruelty….?
    How did they come up with 30 counts….

    No wait… I don’t want to know!

  7. James Hill says:

    #6 – No wonder he calls them family.

  8. mark says:

    Ah North Carolina, where men are men and sheep are nervous.

  9. ECA says:

    1. No worse then we treat other animals, Ask about Veal…
    2. That must have been 1 BIG house.
    3. a PET is a pet…
    4. Love, shepard style.

  10. moss says:

    I almost hate to ask this – because it could be so much fun:

    Uh, did he have Internet access?

  11. TJGeezer says:

    10 – No, that would be Utah.

  12. ECAnnas says:

    Old joke, short version:
    Fellow was arrested for bestiality, caught screwing a goat.
    When he got to court the judge asked “was it a nanny or a billy?”
    The answer – “A nanny, of course, what do you think I am, some kinda pervert?”

  13. Arrius says:

    His defense should be he needed them to help him sleep at night.

  14. James Hill says:

    #13 – I’d say the sister-wives are the ones who are nervous…

  15. tallwookie says:

    Bah Ram You!!!

  16. rss says:

    “You know, a good goat will do that.”

  17. roger says:

    “My name is Stavros Milos. I am having trouble with my beautiful Daisy….it’s the little things.”

  18. doug says:

    “do not believe ze sheep, monsieur, zey are all liars!”

  19. Mr. Fusion says:

    #20, are you suggesting they would try to “pull the wool over your eyes”?

    phuk captcha !!! It is such a pain in the ass my hemmoroids are complaining


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