Two Dunedin men were charged with cruelty to an animal and
burglary after allegedly taking two sheep from a farm north
of the city and then slaughtering them on Christmas evening.
Senior Sergeant Kelvin Lloyd said the men were stopped
driving back to Dunedin after police received reports about
9pm that offenders had been seen stealing sheep in the Merton
The men, aged 30 and 40, allegedly slaughtered the sheep
inhumanely and had them in the car when they were
Snr Sgt Lloyd said the car was a ''bit of a mess'' when
police stopped it.
The men were charged with two counts of cruelty to an animal
and one count of burglary. They were remanded on bail to
reappear on January 15 after appearing in Dunedin District
Court yesterday morning.
Snr Sgt Lloyd said the animal cruelty charges reflected how
police regarded the manner in which the sheep were killed.