'Awful' animal attacks probed in Devon's Teign Valley

A series of animal killings and mutilations at a property in east Devon is being investigated by police.

Ducks were killed, a horse's shoe removed inhumanely and a goat's horn damaged at the address in the Bridford area of Teign Valley between 12-13 July, Devon and Cornwall Police said.

Another goat was killed and mutilated at the same home between 14-15 August.

Officers said the "awful crimes" were "likely to be linked".

Lamb mutilated

During the first attack in Bridford, four ducks were killed, a chicken went missing and the goat with the damaged horn needed to be seen by a vet after the attack left the animal in pain, police said.

In another animal attack in the Teign Valley, a lamb was killed and mutilated in the Tedburn St Mary area between 15-16 August, the force said.

Officers said the lamb attack "may or may not be related" to the Bridford incidents.

PC Rob Condy-Young said: "These are awful crimes and have left the owners of the animals very distressed. We need to find the people responsible and are appealing for the public's help in tracking them down."

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