Horrified neighbours have spoken out after a sheep was found stabbed to death and dumped in a national park next to a cross made of hay.
The death is the latest in a series of brutal livestock killings which have been linked to a Satanic-style-cult.
The ewe was discovered next to a broken pitchfork in Cadnam, a village in Hampshire's New Forest on January 2.
An examination of the animal showed its body covered in puncture wounds. It appeared to have been stabbed eight times – possibly with a long blade.
Police are investigating the incident, which comes just months after two sheep and three cattle were found stabbed to death.
Shocking photographs showed the slaughtered sheep covered with pentagrams.
The number '666' which is in Christianity believed to be a sign of the devil was inscribed on Bramshaw's St Peter's Church at around the same time.
Wendy Maughan, who owned the sheep in the latest incident said she was "extremely saddened" by the incident and believes the killings are being carried out by two or more people working together, who may have stunning equipment.
She told the Southern Daily Echo : "I'm extremely saddened that we seem to live in a society where someone gets pleasure by attacking and stabbing to death innocent, non-aggressive animals."
Neighbour Andrew Parry-Norton also told the local newspaper: "A broken pitchfork had been placed on the sheep's body, along with a cross made of hay and straw. It gave me the creeps."
Hampshire police are investigating the death and looking at any possible links to other incidents in the area.
A police spokesman said: "It's currently unclear how the sheep died. A pitchfork was found at the scene but it is not clear if it was used to kill the sheep.
"We are looking into all lines of enquiry and will link together similar crimes if the evidence allows us to."
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