POLICE have seized five dogs after they viciously attacked and killed a reindeer on a Hampshire farm.
The incident happened overnight on Friday at Twelve Oaks farm, in Brickyard Road, Swanmore.
The dogs’ owners, believed to be poachers, made off on foot and left their vehicle, a green Jeep Cherokee, behind after the dogs attacked livestock.
A reindeer and a rabbit were killed, and a second reindeer was injured.
Police seized five dogs that were found loose on the land and released pictures of the animals and car today.
PC Jon Radcliffe, from Hampshire Constabulary’s Country Watch team, said: ‘We have issued photos of the vehicle that was left behind by the offenders.
‘Have you seen this vehicle around prior to Friday night? Do you know anyone who owns a vehicle like this? We seized five lurcher type dogs that were loose on the farm. Do you know who these dogs belong to?
‘Poaching is a major problem, not just in Hampshire, but across other parts of the country too.
‘The people that commit this type of crime aren’t ‘loveable rogues’ like they are often portrayed in TV programmes; these people are often linked to organised crime that has an impact on the lives and livelihoods of people in our communities.
‘If you suspect someone of being involved in poaching, or know who was involved in this incident, then please call us, in confidence, and tell us what you know.
‘We are taking this incident and all other poaching incidents very seriously. We will continue to work together with the community to find those responsible for this type of crime.’
Anyone with any information is asked to contact Hampshire Constabulary on 101 quoting 44150422868.