Piglet killed at Brotton farm in 'heartless' axe attack
A piglet has been killed with an axe and another stolen in what police have called a "heartless" attack.
A sow and her young were attacked with an axe or similar weapon at a pig farm on the A174 Brotton bypass in Cleveland overnight between Monday and Tuesday.
One three-week old piglet died from head injuries and the other was stolen. It is thought the stolen piglet will not survive without its mother.
The sow sustained a six-inch wound to her hindquarters.
PC Steven Woodacre said: "This is a heartless act of cruelty towards defenceless animals in their own environment.
"The enclosure itself was ankle deep in wet mud and so the suspect will have been left covered in mud and the piglet that was stolen will have squealed loudly throughout the incident."
He appealed for witnesses to come forward.