Thugs who brutally killed three sheep by slitting their throats are being hunted by police.
A horrified dogwalker raised the alarm after discovering the mutilated animals – which had also been partly skinned.
Owner Lucy Davies-Morris, 41, said she broke down and cried when she found out about the violent attack on her livestock.
Ms Davies-Morris, who’s looked after sheep since she was 13, said they had been slaughtered in a field outside Chelmondiston, near Ipswich, Suffolk.
She said two knives were found nearby along with a plastic bag stuffed with tea towels and a bottle of cider.
Fighting back tears, Ms Davies-Morris said she got a call from the deeply-shocked dogwalker who sounded the alert at about 10am yesterday.
‘When she told me they had been killed and how gruesome it was I got very upset and started crying.
‘We went down there and as soon as we saw it we called the police,’ she told the East Anglian Daily Times.
She added: ‘Their throats were cut and they had been started to be skinned. They had even chopped the head from one of them. It was very gruesome.
‘I am so worried they (the killers) will come back.’
Ms Davies-Morris said police who raced to the sickening scene found a shop receipt in the plastic bag discarded by the dead animals.
She said officers now want to talk to the store owner to see if the attackers were caught on CCTV.
Ms Davies-Morris, who farms hundreds of sheep across south Suffolk, suspects more than one savage thug targeted her flock.
‘It’s not easy to catch a sheep on your own. We’ve had dog attacks before but I’ve never seen anything like this,’ she said.
‘It looks like they left in a hurry – I’d love to know what spooked them,’ said Ms Davies-Morris.
A Suffolk Police spokeswoman said: ‘At some point overnight between Wednesday and Thursday an unknown offender cut the throats of three sheep grazing in a field situated off Berners Lane, before removing the carcasses and leaving them in a small wooded area next to the field where two sheep were also left partially skinned.
‘Two knives were also found nearby.’
Eye-witnesses or anyone with information about the attack is urged to contact police on 101 quoting crime reference 37/10489/18 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.