“WTF…I can only think that whoever is doing it, knows about sheep & either has a grudge against this farmer, or has been offered a good price if they can get hold of these rare sheep cuts! It can’t be religious, or they would have cut their necks, surely? They must be bloody desperate for money to cut the legs off live sheep though…Sick heartless bastards…I would also say that they would be pretty well covered in blood, so somebody knows someone, who is coming home covered in blood…plus, how do these people know the animals aren’t infected etc. there taking a big health risk too?”
“If you know who it is, please do the right thing, money isn’t everything…wouldn’t you rather have a clear conscience, & be able to sleep at night; instead of waiting for that dreaded knock at the door? because the police will find whoever has done this, if you don’t want to be dragged down with them…make the call!”
THIEVES cut off the legs of 10 sheep while they were still alive in a series of raids on a farm in Greater Manchester.
Sixty five-year-old farmer William Perkins found his butchered animals, including several pregnant ewes, dead with their back legs removed at the hip.
It is believed a dog was used to round-up his flock before they were attacked and the incident has left Mr Perkins and his wife Joan devastated.
The farmhouse is away from the fields and the couple have been using their CCTVsystem to try to catch the criminals in the act.
“Someone has cut them off in a field in pitch black and also knows about sheep as none that have been killed are over two-years-old, as beyond that age they are mutton.
“Every night, I wake up and have a look at our CCTV to check if anyone is there. The people who have done this are inhuman to be able to cut the legs off an animal while it is still alive. To see what has happened the following day has been a massive shock.”
Mr Perkins, who lives with his wife and son David, has been breeding sheep for 20 years and now has around 70 remaining.
Police are warning other farmers to be vigilant and Insp Stephen Gilbertson said the thieves have gone to a lot of trouble.
Anyone with information can call police on 101 or Crime stoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.