Sheep have been attacked and killed for the third time in as many weeks in the same part of Northern Ireland.
Three sheep were killed in the Ballyholland area - some time between 8.30pm last Wednesday and 8pm on Friday.
It follows a ’brutal’ attack during which six sheep were stabbed and had their ears sliced off at a farm in Temple Hill Road, Ballyholland on July 4.
Three other sheep had to be put down as a result of the attack.
On June 22, several sheep were also killed or badly injured after being targeted in the Mass Rock area.
Chief Inspector Roy Robinson said: "There have now been three brutal, senseless attacks on animals in the local area in recent days and we would appeal to anyone who has information that could help our investigation to contact officers in Newry on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111."
In 2015, a number of sheep also had their right ears cut off during an attack at a farm in Dungannon.
Several of the animals from the farm on the Battleford Road area of the town later had heart attacks and died.