Police in Cheshire are appealing for information after sheep were killed earlier this month.
An investigation is underway to establish the full circumstances surrounding the incident, police have confirmed.
Cheshire Police Rural Crime Team believe there are “some extremely unusual elements in this case”.
Sheep killed in Cheshire
In a post on social media on January 8th, 2021, PC Moss of Cheshire Police Rural Crime Team said:
“Today, PCSO Smith & myself, have attended a triple Sheep killing in Marton, Salterswall, Winsford district.”
“This attack occurred overnight from around 9pm yesterday (7th) & 8:30am today(8th). One sheep & two lambs, killed near the farmhouse with the rest of the flock unharmed.”
“There are some extremely unusual elements in the case & a thorough Investigation is currently underway to establish the full circumstances & to identify the offender/s.
“If you saw anything suspicious in the Marton area: any persons or vehicles: particularly along Dalefords Lane or Cinder Hill then please get in contact ASAP via 101 & quote IML-890541.” PC Moss concluded.
Livestock worrying incident
The news comes following a series of sheep killings in Cheshire in the UK. Approximately, 30 sheep were killed at the end of December, as reported by us in this article.
In a social media post, Cheshire Police Rural Crime Team said:
“Today PC Marson & I have been out to the death of around 30, yes THIRTY poor ovine livestock following yet another abhorrent sheep-worrying incident.”
“This atrocious event occurred in fields: sometime between Christmas Eve & Day lunchtime, off John Street, Utkinton.”
“Only limited actual bloody attack wounds are present indicating a dog/s have chased & worried the majority of the sheep to stressed & panicked exhaustion.”
“Beyond the appalling animal suffering & criminal offences committed, this is a huge loss to the farmer. Enquiries are ongoing, but if you have any relevant information, please get in touch.”
“This attack with the limited injuries is a case in point to illustrate that dogs need not be ferocious or actually necessarily physically attack livestock to cause catastrophic results.”
“The law, the criminal offences committed by the person/s in charge of the dog/s & the significant Risks to both the Livestock & Dogs have been laid out in detail before.”
“Please ensure your dog is always under proper control in the countryside. Remember the ‘Animals Act’ 1971 imposes ‘Strict Liability’ on this key point following a livestock attack; meaning that there is no defence!” the spokesperson added.