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Police Log: Goat Escapes Slaughterhouse, Remains On The Lam

Dec 30, 2014 04:03PM ● By Bill Gilman

Tewksbury Police Headquarters.

A goat that escaped from a farm in Tewksbury remains at large, despite the best efforts of the Lowell Police Department, animal control officers and its owners to find it.
According to Tewksbury police, the goat escaped Friday night from the Oliveira Slaughterhouse and Farm and 199 Marston St. and fled into Lowell. 
The goat was spotted and Lowell Police were notified just after 11 p.m. After being contacted by the LPD, Tewksbury Police notified the farm's owner, Denis Oliveira, who went to Lowell to join in the search.
Four days later, the goat remains on the lam (or lamb?). Lowell Police have not indicated if they believe anyone assisted the goat with its escape or is perhaps, harboring the fugitive. Lowell Police have, however, indicated the animal is hooved and should be considered potentially dangerous. 
"Although goats are normally docile animals, in stressful situations, such as being loose in unfamiliar territory, he possibly can become scared and resort to acting in a survival mode. We ask that people do not try to capture him but to please contact the Station if he is seen. If he feels scared or trapped, he, most likely, will strike out," the LPD posted on its Facebook page.
As for a motive for the escape, one can only assume the goat has a strong self-preservation instinct. The Oliveira Farm is a leading source of meat and animals for rituals and festivals in the Islamic community and the festival of 
Milad un Nabi  (The Prophet's Birthday) is Jan. 3.

Additional calls:
  • Sunday, Dec. 28, 2:27 a.m. -- Police received multiple 911 calls regarding a motor vehicle accident on North Street. According to police, a driver lost control of his vehicle and slammed into a tree. A full emergency response was called for and the driver had to be extricated from the vehicle. The driver was taken to Lowell General Hospital with undisclosed injuries.
  • Saturday, Dec. 27, 4:49 p.m. -- Police and ambulance crews responded to a two-car accident at the intersection of Shawsheen Street and Main Street. Both cars were towed from the scene and the driver of one vehicle was taken to Lowell General Hospital Saints campus with non-life threatening injuries.
  • Friday, Dec. 26, 4:26 p.m. -- A Foster Road resident called police to complain of loud drums being played at a neighboring home. An officer responded to the scene and spoke with both the caller and the drummer. The drummer agreed to keep the noise to a reasonable level.
  • Friday, Dec. 26, 10:16 p.m. -- Police, fire and ambulance crews responded to a report of smoke at Autofair Nissan, 623 Main St. The cause of the smoke was discovered to be a small electrical fire in a light fixture, which was extinguished quickly. Lt. Keddie was notified to further investigate.

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