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Two arrests for attack on lambs

  • Safe and sound: two teenagers were arrested yesterday in connection with an attack on lambs at Westover Farm in Sandys (Photograph by Blaire Simmons)
  • Lambs at Westover Farm (Photograph by Blaire Simmons)
  • Lambs at Westover Farm (Photograph by Blaire Simmons)
  • Lambs at Westover Farm (Photograph by Blaire Simmons)
  • Lambs at Westover Farm (Photograph by Blaire Simmons)
  • Lambs at Westover Farm (Photograph by Blaire Simmons)

Two teenage males were arrested yesterday in connection with an attack on lambs at a farm, police said last night.

A spokesman for the Bermuda Police Service said a 19-year-old and a 17-year-old had been detained in custody as the inquiry into the attack continued. He added: “The Bermuda Police Service would like to thank the public for their assistance so far and continue to appeal for persons with relevant information to come forward, as additional individuals are being sought regarding this matter.”

The arrests came after a video of an attack on lambs at Westover Farm in Sandys appeared on social media last week.

The police spokesman said: “The public should be aware that cruelty to animals is an offence under the Care and Protection of Animals Act 1975, which carries penalties of up to 12 months in prison and/or fines.”

The video, which lasted about two minutes, showed a series of attacks on the Dorper lambs.

The clip showed an unidentified man lift a lamb by the tail and throw it to the ground and a chase that ended with another animal being thrown into a cactus bush.

Another sequence showed the unidentified man push two terrified lambs to the edge of a rooftop as another man encouraged him to “push it off”.

The video continued with the first man seen to throw one of the lambs off the roof.

Richard Bascome, the manager and part owner of West-over Farm, said yesterday that the punishment for those behind the video was a matter for the courts.

He said: “I’m just trying to get back to normal and hope that it doesn’t happen again.”

Mr Bascome said he had got a number of calls from members of the public worried about the condition of the lambs.

He said that both animals were in good shape.

Mr Bascome added: “I don’t want to sound dismissive, but I think it’s affected people more than them.”

He said that the animals were moved on Thursday from where the video had been recorded as part of pasture rotation and that none of the animals showed evidence of injury.

Police launched an investigation into the incident with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources.

Anyone with information that could help should contact police on 717-2385 or 234-1010.

UPDATE: this story has been amended to clarify that the arrested male previously said by police to be aged 16 is actually 17