POLICE are hunting an animal killer responsible for two attacks at a remote rural location in the Teign Valley. Ducks and a goat were killed and a horse harmed at a small-holding in the Bridford area.
The family who own the animals say they are appalled by the cruel attack and police have appealed for information from the public.
The first incident happened between 8.30pm on Friday, July 12 and 12.30pm on Saturday, July 13.
Four ducks were killed, a chicken went missing and a horse's shoe was removed inhumanely. A goat's horn was also damaged leaving the goat in pain and it needed to be seen by a vet.
Just over a month later another goat was attacked, killed and mutilated at the same address sometime between 3.30pm on Wednesday, August 14 and 8.30am on Thursday, August 15.
Aziah Beesley, 16, whose parents own the animals said: "Some of the animals were injured and some were killed. It is upsetting to find that somebody would do that to the animals.
"It's happened twice now and we want to find out who has done it."
Police say they are following some lines of enquiry but did not know why the crimes had been committed.
PC Rob Condy-Young from Chudleigh, said: "As these crimes have both happened at the same address within a few weeks of each other they are likely to be linked."
He said other animal owner in the area were helping to look after the remains animals at the field.
There has also been an attack on a lamb which was killed and mutilated in the area of Tedburn St Mary between 8pm on Thursday 15 August and 7am on Friday 16 August. This may or may not be related to the above incidents.
PC Condy-Young added: "These are awful crimes and have left the owners of the animals very distressed. We need to find the people responsible and are appealing for the public's help in tracking them down."
Anyone who has any information is asked to call police on the 101 quoting crime numbers JC/13/376, JC/13/435 and JC/13/436.