More than a dozen dead lambs have been found dumped in Stafford Borough.
The animals were discovered at two separate rural locations in the last fortnight.
Stafford Borough Council was first alerted when seven animals were found in a ditch in Shay Lane, Forton two weeks ago. Six more were recovered from a brook in Horsley Lane in Eccleshall last Wednesday (4 May).
The animals’ ear tags had been removed in both cases, making it impossible to find the owner.
The Council has disposed of the carcasses.
Staffordshire Police is investigating and is asking for witnesses to contact them.
Councillor Frank Finlay, Cabinet Member for Environment and Health at Stafford Borough Council, said:
“Dumping dead animals like this is clearly unacceptable. The lambs’ ear tags had been removed so it’s not possible to trace the owner at this time.
“We are liaising with the police and the RSPCA regarding this.”
RSPCA spokeswoman Rachel Butler added:
“This is a callous way for an animal’s body to be dumped and we are naturally concerned about how these lambs died.”
Anyone with information is asked to contact Staffordshire Police on 101 referencing incident 743 of May 4.
People can also contact the independent crime-fighting charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or through their Anonymous Online Form at www.crimestoppers-uk.org. No personal details are taken, information cannot be traced or recorded and you will not go to court.
The RSPCA can be contacted on 0300 1234 999.