A MAN and woman are being held in custody after a sheep was mutilated and its severed head allegedly shown to children.
The man, 28, and woman, 39, were charged on Tuesday night with offences of child negligence, unnecessary cruelty to an animal and possession of a bladed article – said to be a kitchen knife.
They were arrested after calls to police from concerned residents late on Sunday night and early on Monday morning reporting a sheep’s head had been left in the backyard of a house in Willington, County Durham.
The carcass was found in a nearby field.
It was taken to a vet who carried out an initial examination which suggested the animal was mutilated before it died.
Several knives were seized from a house and a Staffordshire bull terrier has been put in kennels as part of the investigation.
Police confirmed they are also investigating claims the sheep’s head was shown to a number of young children before being left in the yard.
The arrested pair will appear at Durham Crown Court on Wednesday, September 11.
Police are stilll appealing for information about the incident and anyone with information is asked to call officer in Durham on 101.