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UPDATED: 20 sheep have been killed in Merstone following what is thought to be a dog attack during the early hours of this morning (Wednesday).

The animals were found between Merstone and Horrigford, not far from the cycle path.

Local man Ben Souter has shared a shocking image on Facebook today in a plea for anyone with any information to come forward.

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Ben was tasked to the removal of the animals claiming that 20 had unfortunately died in the devastating incident.

With over 180 shares on Facebook already, people are sharing their outrage that attacks of this nature still happen – with stress alone sometimes being a factor in the death of a sheep.

It is currently unclear whether the attack was just one single dog, or multiple.

UPDATE THURSDAY – Hampshire Constabulary have confirmed that 23 animals perished in yesterday’s attack.

A spokesperson for the Police has said:

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“We were called to a report of dead animals — 22 ewes and one lamb — at a farm in Arreton following a possible animal attack. Enquiries are ongoing.

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