Farmer 'shocked' after ears sliced-off sheep in sick knife attack
WARNING: The images in this story may be distressing to some readers
A Newry man has called for the public's assistance following a knife attack in which a number of sheep have been stabbed and had their ears cut off.
Ruairi McCartney posted the shocking images to Facebook and explained that the incident happened at his father's farm in Ballyholland on the Temple Hill Road in Newry.
Speaking to the Belfast Telegraph, McCartney explained that they first learned of the attack after his father was contacted by a neighbour on Wednesday morning telling him that his sheep appeared to be injured or killed.
"There was only ten lambs [sic] in the field, three were dead this morning, three have been put down, and another two were injured," he said.
"Somebody left the house with a very sharp knife with the intention of hurting animals."
Mr McCartney explained that his father is "in shock" about the incident.
"I suppose if you could find a reason why this has happened, or if there was an argument. But when something happens like this out of the blue it is hard to comprehend."
His father will continue to tend to the remaining sheep in the herd, but there is a possibility that they will be moved to another location.