Bismarck police respond to report of live sheep being slaughtered outside apartment building

Published: Sep. 5, 2017 at 1:56 PM CDT
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The Bismarck Police Department responded to reports of a sheep being slaughtered live outside of an apartment complex this weekend.

The department is now seeking opinion from the city attorney in regards to the incident, since it was an unprecedented call.

Officers were called to the 2500 block of North 8th street on Sept. 1.

There they found a man and a woman slaughtering a sheep as a part of a religious act.

Police say the couple was Muslim, and are new to the country.

No criminal charges have been filed, and no arrests were made.

The sheep is considered livestock.

Police say the report is being sent to the city attorney for opinion, so they know how to handle any similar cases moving forward.