TWO prize winning pedigree sheep jave been badly savaged by a dog.
Now the owners have appealed for witnesses to the incident which has left them devastated.
The incident took place in a field situated in Dilhorne Road, Caverswall, on Friday.
Both of the pedigree Hebridean ewes were in lamb and have been valued at £200 each.
Owner Helen Mancey said: "We had four ewes and one ram in the field. My husband went to feed them at 4pm on Friday, January 17.
"The fencing was all down and two of the sheep were dead.
"It seems they had a distressing death, as one had its back end ripped apart and the other was savaged at the neck.
"The sheep, which were in lamb, were covered in brambles. We have a small flock of pedigree sheep which we show at several events. The two ewes were prize winners. They were very special to us.
"We last saw the sheep on Thursday night and we believe they could have been dead for some time before we found them at on Friday afternoon."
Mrs Manceyadded: "We are keen on the countryside and feel dogs should be kept on a lead. We have never had problems with dogs on our field before. There are also no footpaths running through the land."
A spokesman for Staffordshire Police said: "We were called to an incident in Dilhorne Road, Caverswall which involved two sheep being killed. It appears the sheep were chased by a dog.
"The incident has now been passed to a wildlife officer to investigate."
Anyone with information is asked to contact Staffordshire Police on their 101 number, call Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.