No one knew how he got there, but some believed that they knew why: the locals had heard of people who purchased farm animals from live markets across the city for use in ritual sacrifice.
It’s possible that Officer Cal would have become the latest victim. While it is unknown exactly how he ended up bound to a tree on a fateful night, we do know that what lies ahead for Officer Cal is so much better than whatever fate lies behind him. All it took was a hero: Officer Danny Calamine of the New York Police Department’s 60th Precinct, who freed his now-namesake, brought him out of the rain and showed this individual that the law was on his side.
Officer Calamine saw this sheep as he would anyone else in his charge: as someone who needed and deserved his help. It did not matter that he walked on four legs instead of two — or that those legs belonged to a sheep, and not a dog or a cat. Not everyone feels this way; it’s no secret that there are more laws in place to protect animals typically considered “pets,” compared to those typically used for “food.” Thanks to compassionate leaders like Officer Calamine, however, we can show that these differences are arbitrary; that all beings, no matter who they are, deserve our care, protection, and a life free from harm.