Man Who Stole Sheep from Little Rock Zoo Suffers Mental Illness

LITTLE ROCK (AP) - Arkansas State Hospital doctors say a homeless man who stole an 85-pound sheep from the Little Rock Zoo should be acquitted on mental-health grounds.

In a court report, doctors say 33-year-old Grady Allen Carnahan suffers from paranoid-type schizophrenia. Carnahan faces a felony charge and misdemeanors stemming from the February 2006 incident when security guards found him dragging a trash can with the sheep in it.

Police say Carnahan claimed the sheep belonged to his grandmother. At another point, Carnahan told officers the Southdown Babydoll sheep was his mother. The animal was not seriously injured in the incident.

Doctors say Carnahan has been committed to the State Hospital four times since 1995 and has been treated at four other mental hospitals. They say his condition has been compounded at times by drug abuse.

His next appearance in Pulaski County Circuit Court is scheduled for June.

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