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A RAM and a sheep have been killed after 'vicious attacks' by what are believed to be large dogs. 

The "valuable" Texel ram was found with its throat and abdomen bitten and ripped and its ear torn off on the morning of June 12. The ear was not found at the scene.

Then on the afternoon of June 28, a ewe was also attacked and killed.

The frightened animal had been chased and herded the wrong side of an electric fence.

Again, the sheep had been bitten by a large dog.

Both attacks took place close to Rawlings Farm, Upper Cocklebury Lane, Chippenham. 

Wiltshire Police Rural Crime Team would like to hear from anyone who may have witnessed the attacks.

Anyone with any information should contact PC Emily Thomas by calling 101 or emailing: rctc@wiltshire.police.uk

Wiltshire Rural Crime Team said: "Remember the following when enjoying the Wiltshire countryside: Keep dogs on a short lead when around livestock Clear up after your dog as faeces can harm cattle and sheep – and humans too!

"Tampering with farm signs and electric fences could have serious consequences, they are intended to everybody keep safe. Please do not remove signs that are there to keep people safe and always leave gates how you found them. Your actions can affect other people's lives and livelihoods."

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald:

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: