Dorset Police have launched an investigation after a 2-day-old calf was found “with bite marks to its hind legs and rump”.
According to police, the calf was last seen alive on Wednesday, March 31st, 2021.
In a statement, a spokesperson for Dorset Police, said:
“A 2-day-old calf has been found deceased with bite marks to its hind legs and rump in Avon Heath County park. The marks are consistent with a dog attack.”
“The calf was last seen alive on 31/03/21. It was found on 01/04/21 at 08:00. Do you have any information? Quote, reference 55210054957. Ring 101 or email – firstname.lastname@example.org.” the spokesperson concluded.
eBay tractor scam
Meanwhile, Dorset Police has issued a warning to farmers to notify them of a tractor scam on eBay.
The scam came to light after a vigilant farmer enquiring about a cheap tractor for sale on eBay “noticed something was wrong”.
The seller stated he was a farmer operating out of Sturminster Newton.
In a statement, a spokesperson for Dorset Police said: “Not everything appeared as it seemed, and enquiries were made.”
“Enquires at the farm the seller was stating he was from revealed that a tractor was not being sold and that the seller was false. It also revealed the pictures on the site were stock photos from a sale a number of years ago.”
“Fortunately, thanks to the vigilance of the farmer, no financial loss had occurred.”
Dorset Police confirmed it has contacted the online marketplace to “request the sale be taken off-site and prevent further loss”.
£8,500 eBay tractor scam
The warning comes after an Essex farmer recently lost, but has since recovered £8,500 in a sophisticated internet sales scam.
Seb Blake fell victim to the scam last week after forking out £8,500 for a 2002 Case CS94 tractor advertised on eBay.
He told Farmers Weekly that he wanted to replace his 1985 Case tractor and spotted this aforementioned agricultural vehicle for sale at a farm in Hook, Hampshire.
He later discovered that the farm exists, but the seller details were fake. The Essex farmer soon realised that he had been the victim of a tractor scam.
Halifax Bank has since funded the amount into his account, while the online auction website removed the fake tractor advert in question on Friday, April 9th, 2021.