An ewe has died after a believed dog attack at a wildlife reserve.
Police are appealing for information after the two animals were attacked at RSPB Saltholme, on the outskirts of Hartlepool.
One of the sheep died.
They were discovered at 8.30am on October 15, with multiple wounds. A vet attended the scene and confirmed that the multiple wounds suffered are believed to have been caused by a dog.
It is also believed that the attacks happened sometime during the evening of October 14, or the early hours of October 15.
This is the third attack of its kind on sheep at the reserve since March.
PC Lisa Kennerley, investigating officer, said: “These attacks will have caused distress, not only to the ewes but also to the whole flock. This is not the first attack of this nature in the area and I would appeal to anyone with any information regarding the incident to contact police.”
Contact PC Kennerley on 101 if you have any information, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.