A farmer who found some of her sheep butchered and ’killed in the most barbaric way’ has urged farmers across the country to be vigilant.
Sam Booth, 35, who runs 700 breeding ewes on her farm in Leicestershire, noticed two of her sheep missing while on her normal shepherding rounds.
After searching for hours, one of the ewes was found with her legs tied together with shoelaces - confirming suspicions that livestock was being stolen from the farm.
Days later, the farm was told some bags had been dumped near Calverton, roughly 40 minutes away, with fleece and guts inside them.
Miss Booth told Farmers Guardian: "We went in the morning to have a look and it was what remained of one of our missing ewes.
"They had wrapped her in a duvet and cut her throat. She was killed in the most barbaric way.
"I hate to think how they have been killed and the suffering they endured. I hope whoever is doing this chokes on them.
"The police are not interested at all. Something really needs to be done to tackle it as it is becoming a country-wide issue.
"We are still waiting to hear back from a police officer after reporting the initial theft. We were told there were not enough leads.
"Farmers across the country should be vigilant and report anything to the police even though you know they won’t do anything. The more calls they get then surely they have got to start taking action.
This all comes as police in Dorset appeal for information after thieves stole sheep worth £20,000 from a farm in the county.
They were taken between Friday March 22 and Monday 8 April on fields along the A37 near Dorchester.
Dorchester Police said 211 sheep were stolen, mainly Suffolk, Texel and cross breeds.
The ear tag numbers involved are 230336 and 341825.
PC Matthew Brennan said: "This theft, as with many crimes in our rural community, has had a big impact on the victim.
"We are carrying out a number of enquiries to find those responsible."