Litany of brutal attacks on sheep baffles authorities
Over 500 animals have been maimed in attacks which began 20 years ago on Derry farm
Published 15/04/2015 | 02:30
Gerald McLaughlin is at his wits end regarding the cause of serious attacks on his sheep flock.
Almost two decades after the first incident, the 58-year-old year - who farms in the Sperrin Mountains near Feeny, Dungiven, Co Derry with his wife and sons - wakes every morning in dread of what he may find in the fields.
On Good Friday, two lambs had their tongues cut off and Mr McLaughlin had no alternative but to put them down.
Even though these barbaric acts have been ongoing for years no culprit has ever been caught.
In total, over 500 animals have been attacked in what Mr McLaughlin described as "evil, cruel and barbaric acts."
He said: "In the past three weeks there has been another 15 incidents including two on Good Friday.
"Our farm buildings are a short distance up the road from our dwelling house.
"When we went home on Friday for some coffee, someone or something entered the shed where the sheep are housed and cut the tongues from two young lambs.