“I want my sheep back!”
This is the cry today of small farmer Cheryl Phillips who said she was robbed of five of her precious livestock by unknown larcenists sometime between yesterday evening and the wee hours of this morning.
According to Phillips, the bandits entered through the back gate of her Bibby’s Lane, St Michael home and stole the pure breed black belly sheep from among a flock of over 50, leaving her out of pocket by $2,000.
“Yesterday evening around six I made sure my sheep were in the pen but this morning when I woke up and checked on my animals I realized the sheep were gone,” said the livestock farmer, who has been operating out of her Bibby’s Lane home for the past 40 years.
Today, a visibly shaken Phillips suggested to Barbados TODAY that the entire incident was premeditated based on a series of recent events.
“I had my dog and I realized one morning about two weeks ago my dog was poisoned so that means the person was planning this from a long time, cause the dog is my guard,” she said, adding that “I feel very uneasy, because in a situation like this you don’t know who watching or anything. I don’t know how to move,” she said.
“I feel really distraught to see that every morning I worked really hard then to get up and go in my sheep pen early to find that somebody just came and took my sheep.
“It has me in a dilemma and I am really frightened,” said Phillips, who is most concerned that none of the stolen sheep is fit for human consumption.
“Those sheep that were stolen from me aren’t fit for eating. Nobody should consume them because some are pregnant and the others just had babies. One of the sheep, which is pregnant, is also sick and the other ones that just had young ones cannot sell, so nobody should eat that meat,” she explained.
And while not entertaining the possibility that the sheep could have simply wandered off, she appealed for the public’s help in getting her livestock back.
“I just want anyone that see any strange sheep to give me a call or the persons that took them I would kindly like them to bring back my sheep because they have six young lambs to feed,” she said.
“I have to bottle feed [the lambs] and I don’t know how I will manage. It is hard on my hands having to feed them all the time because they have no mother. I need my sheep,” she stressed.
Stating that this was the second time she has been hit by bandits, Phillips explained that “the first time I went and get back my sheep, but I am not sure about this time.
“I am really upset because I don’t even know my next move from here now. How can you come off the road and take up someone sheep like that?” she asked.
When contacted by Barbados TODAY this evening Public Relations Officer of the Royal Barbados Police Force Acting Inspector Rodney Inniss said he was unaware of the incident and would have to look into the matter.
However, Phillips suggested that a report had been made to police who were yet to respond.