Butchered sheep 'health warning' in Devon and Cornwall
People have been advised not to buy cheap mutton or lamb after recently vaccinated animals appear to have been butchered for meat, police have said.
About 10 sheep and lambs were killed on farmland in the Newton Abbot and Teign Valley areas of Devon and the unwanted remains left behind.
Devon and Cornwall Police said many of the animals had been inoculated and the meat was unfit for human consumption.
In the past three months, animals were butchered on eight separate occasions.
PC Lawrence Wills, said: "Some of the animals killed recently had been vaccinated in the last two weeks.
"Farmers usually leave at least two months after inoculation before the meat is toxin-free and put into the food chain.
"We would urge any individual or business not to buy any cheap mutton or lamb offered for sale in Devon and Cornwall because of the risks to human health."
It is currently unknown what the animals were vaccinated with.