An investigation has been launched by An Garda Síochána after a number of incidents where lambs were butchered in the fields they were grazing in.
The incidents happened in the Newtownmountkennedy area of Co Wicklow and cameras have been erected in the affected areas.
Gardaí say they are working with landowners, farmers and others as part of the investigation and are appealing to anyone with information to call 01-6665300.
“There is also a public health aspect to this as the animals had been recently treated with medication that renders the meat unsuitable for human consumption until it dissipates. Please only purchase lamb from trusted sources in the area,” a garda spokesperson told the Irish Farmers Journal.