A 41-year-old male was arrested after three sheep were killed in a “grisly incident” in the UK on Monday (April 6th).
A farmer heard loud bang noises and talking in one of his fields at approximately 11pm on Oxton Road. He reported the incident to Nottinghamshire Police.
The caller left his house to find that three of his sheep had died – Two of the animals were found to have had their throats cut and another sheep has been suspected to have died through shock.
In a statement, a police spokesperson said: “Two other sheep were also tied up by their horns with nylon rope, with one of them also having a slash wound.”
“Some of the sheep were still alive, despite the injuries and the farmer believed a vehicle, in a lay-by close to the farm, was connected to the incident.”
“Police officers moved quickly to arrest a 41-year-old man thanks to the help of a local gamekeeper who helped to track down a suspect.”
The gamekeeper followed the vehicle into the city which was finally stopped in Gregory Boulevard.
The man was arrested under suspicion of criminal damage, theft of a motor vehicle and animal cruelty.
‘Unnerving and frightening’
Farmer, Michael Asher, said: “It is very unnerving and frightening really. I’m devastated as this will affect the lambing next year.”
“Three female sheep all died last night and it’s scary that this should happen.”
“Obviously with coronavirus, people shouldn’t be out and about. They shouldn’t be leaving their homes.” Asher concluded.