Ossett’s Curly the sheep escapes arson attack

Curly the Sheep, who was found abandoned in a field off Queens Drive, in Ossett. Some claim to have spotted him escaping from the town's slaughterhouse, but this has not been confirmed. Queens Drive residents are raising money to have him homed in the Roleystones Sheep Sanctuary.

Curly the Sheep, who was found abandoned in a field off Queens Drive, in Ossett. Some claim to have spotted him escaping from the town's slaughterhouse, but this has not been confirmed. Queens Drive residents are raising money to have him homed in the Roleystones Sheep Sanctuary.

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CURLY the Sheep is lucky to be alive after arsonists torched his new home.

As reported in the Express the ram was rehomed at an animal sanctuary following a fundraising drive by people in Ossett, who found him abandoned in a field off Queen’s Drive.

But last week volunteers at the Roleystone sanctuary were picking up the pieces after a blaze tore through a caravan and shed.

Curly was staying in a connected stable block which caught fire just as fire crews arrived.

He was with three other sheep and 28 horses.

Roleystone’s chairman of trustees Dianne French said it could have turned into a tragedy if firefighters had not attended so quickly.

She said: “It only took them four minutes to get here, and they said if they had been another few minutes we’d have been facing a tragedy.

“Curly was fine, but as we don’t have any money it will be difficult to replace these things.

“How somebody could set fire to the place I don’t know. They would have been able to see the animals.”

Ms French said fences had been destroyed just weeks before the fire, and that people had let animals out of the stables in the past.

Curly’s former carers in Ossett said they were “disgusted” with the arsonists.

And they appealed for any farmers able to rent Curly a field to get in touch, in case he is unable to continue staying at the sanctuary.

West Yorkshire Police said the incident at the Shipley sanctuary was being treated as suspicious.