A police investigation has been launched after a heifer was strangled to death under the cover of darkness at a Whitby farm.
A horrified dog walker discovered the 18-month-old Aberdeen Angus cow with a length of rope around it’s neck on Sunday morning.
As police hunt the culprits behind the barbaric act, the heifer’s owners say that in three generations of farming, they’ve never seen anything so shocking.
“That poor beast will have seen them come over thinking they were going to be stroked and hugged - and instead they put a rope around it’s neck and killed it,” said owner Mrs Morley.
“To me they are sick in the head.”
The picture of the dead cow have been shared multiple times on Facebook since it was discovered.
Police scoured the Folley Garden’s field following the grizzly discovery as they searched for evidence, and sources claim more rope was discovered near to the heifer.
A syringe is also understood to have been found in the field, although it’s not know if police are linking the finds.
North Yorkshire Police believe the incident happened at some time overnight between Saturday 30 May and Sunday 31 May.
A force spokesperson added: “Officers are working to establish the full circumstances surrounding the incident and are urging anyone who saw anything suspicious in the area overnight between Saturday and Sunday to get in touch.”
Anyone who can help officers with their enquiries is urged to contact North Yorkshire Police on 101 – select option 2 – and ask for PC Neil Graham or Whitby police.
If you prefer not to give your name, Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Please quote reference number 12150090224 when passing information about this incident.