A MAN and woman have been arrested after a sheep was mutilated and its severed head shown to children.
Police received calls from concerned residents late on Sunday night and early on Monday morning reporting a sheep’s head had been left in the rear yard of a house in Willington, County Durham
The carcass was found in a nearby field and taken to a local vet’s who carried out an initial examination which suggested the animal was mutilated before it died. A man aged 28 and a woman aged 39, have been arrested on suspicion of animal cruelty and outraging public decency.
Several knives have also been seized from the house and a Staffordshire bull terrier has been put in kennels.
Police can confirm they are investigating claims the sheep’s head was shown to a number of young children before it was left in the rear yard.
Anyone with information is asked to ring 101.