Probe launched as sheep 'crushed to death' by lorry ramp
9:22am Thursday 17th October 2013 in News
INVESTIGATIONS have begun into an horrific incident in which a sheep was believed to be crushed to death in a lorry’s ramp.
The picture (right) was posted on the Facebook site of Voices Against Neglect & Abuse of all Horses (VANAH) on October 2.
The image is understood to have been taken as the lorry travelled through Pembrokeshire and this week the county council confirmed to the Western Telegraph that the incident is under investigation.
VANAH wrote: “It is very clear that the codes of conduct which regulate the movement of these animals were ignored. The driver loaded the vehicle with live sheep, and one somehow, got trapped in the door when it was closed.
How this happened - we have no idea? But it did.
“A vet stated that the sheep would not have survived very long due to the immense pressure of the closing of the ramp - but this is not the point. The point is, it was missed and would have suffered considerable pain, hung there bleeding or suffocating, or with a broken neck.”
A Pembrokeshire County Council spokesman said: “Pembrokeshire County Council’s Animal Health Team is currently investigating the matter in conjunction with the Department of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA).
“We believe the photograph to be genuine.
“We are also looking at the design of this particular wagon.”
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