Pictures: Horrific chemical attack on farmer's deer at country fair
A County Armagh farmer has offered a ‘substantial’reward for information regarding an attack on his ‘defenceless’ deer at the weekend.
Kenny Gracey from Tandragee is well known for his continued work with rare breeds and also provides animals for film sets throughout Northern Ireland including the Game of Thrones.
When Mr Gracey arrived at the Northern Ireland Countrysports Fair in Scarva on Sunday morning to check his animals he was horrified to find someone had poured some kind of chemical on his beloved deer.
Mr Gracey had set up an exhibition of his own animals that are used in film sets at the weekend event held at Scarvagh House.
One of his animals, a three year old red doe deer called Yanna, was found with patches of its fur ripped off or indeed burned off.
The distraught owner also found a gate pinion had been removed and the gate was partially open proving someone had been in the animal's pen. His donkey called Joey was also in the pen with the deer but it was unharmed.
Kenny says a vet that checked the animal over confirmed some kind of chemical has been poured onto his deer. He has offered a substantial reward for information leading to those responsible being brought to justice.
Mr Gracey said: “I discovered the deer had been attacked when I went to check on the animals on Sunday morning around 7.30am.