Police have launched an appeal for a sheep’s owner after a ewe was discovered in the boot of a car.
The Peugeot, which ran a red light, was seized for not having insurance or a valid MOT by police in Loughborough on Friday April 2.
It is understood the ewe, which was in good health, was safely removed and the driver and passenger will be interviewed by police at a later date.
Sharing the incident on Facebook, Leicestershire and Rutland Rural Crime said: “Enquiries are ongoing to locate the owner to identify where it has come from, despite an account from those involved claiming it was legitimately purchased.
“Until such time as an owner is identified - we cannot ‘charge’ the suspects with an offence - despite a lot of comments suggesting that we do so.
“We know this is an emotive subject and it is one that we will be properly addressed as the investigation unfolds.”
The force will also speak to Defra using the ear tag numbers.
Anyone who thinks the ewe belongs to them has been urged to get in touch quoting incident number 629 of April 2 along with relevant numbers to prove ownership.
Latest figures from the NFU Mutual has revealed livestock rustling remains a costly crime for UK farmers with farm animals worth £2.3 million stolen last year.