An attacked ewe left for dead.
An attacked ewe left for dead. Supplied

Mystery lamb slaughter under full moon

MYSTERY surrounds the slaughtering of eight lambs and four ewes, on a property near Gracemere, which has left Vickie Bowden and her family devastated.

While one of her four children, Jack, said it was “terrible”, two of her youngest daughters who have bottle-fed the lambs from a young age were in tears after seeing the results of the brutal attacks on the innocent animals.

The attacks have happened over the past couple of months with the latest, on Monday night, leaving farm animals disembowelled.

Yesterday, Vickie warned other residents, especially those in the area around their 113-acre Fairybower Road property, to be vigilant because this sort of cruelty was happening in their own backyard.

Because the attacks are close to the house, Vickie’s vet believes it could be a dog attack or dingoes.

“Whatever it is, it’s ripping the innocent animals apart and leaving them for dead for the thrill of it,” Vickie said.

She said a couple of the lambs had to be put down after being found barely alive.

“The attacks seem to be happening on a full moon,” Vickie said.

“The animals aren’t being eaten, they’re just left on the ground ripped apart.”

Vickie looks after the farm and her children while her husband works on their business, often out of town.

After the first attack a couple of months ago, she reported it to council and photographs were taken.

After the second attack the council provided her with a trap and after Monday’s third attack Vickie was yesterday waiting for a second trap in a bid to capture the culprit.

Whatever it is, it’s ripping the innocent animals apart and leaving them for dead for the thrill of it



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