Bulls shot in the eye with air rifles and attacked with pitchforks at farm near Desborough

Bulls were subject to a vicious attack at West Lodge farm in Desborough on Saturday night. Rd4Wr26CDy2RBfL9sTYO

Bulls were subject to a vicious attack at West Lodge farm in Desborough on Saturday night. Rd4Wr26CDy2RBfL9sTYO

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Thugs broke into a cow shed and used air rifles and pitchforks to viciously attack 14 young bulls at a popular visitor’s farm.

The calves were discovered on Sunday morning with more than 20 air rifle pellets lodged in them, having been set upon at West Lodge Farm Park in Desborough on Saturday night (June 20).

Bulls were subject to a vicious attack at West Lodge farm in Desborough on Saturday night. 4BKQ8Y8mWvSE80Uf7qAa

Bulls were subject to a vicious attack at West Lodge farm in Desborough on Saturday night. 4BKQ8Y8mWvSE80Uf7qAa

Thankfully none were killed but some of the friendly ‘ruby red Devon’ breed animals had been shot in the eye, while other shad been jabbed with a pitchfork.

Co-owner of the farm Ryan Thompson said it is the third incident in the space of a month and is becoming a great concern for the visitor attraction.

He said: “It would have ben an incredibly painful and frightening experience for the animals.

“Luckily they have such thick skin, the shots to the body have been easy to treat.

Bulls were subject to a vicious attack at West Lodge farm in Desborough on Saturday night. O5kxqgBFlS8OqzBihOMk

Bulls were subject to a vicious attack at West Lodge farm in Desborough on Saturday night. O5kxqgBFlS8OqzBihOMk

“But the scary thing is so many shots were aimed at the eyes and head. We are just so distressed to know someone would do such a thing.”

Three weeks ago the same bulls were chased out of their shed using sticks in an overnight incident.

It led to the farm owners placing padlocks on the shed door to deter intruders.

Mr Thompson continued: “Frankly one of the worse things for me is that these are such a docile breed. They love a scratch and a tickle, and somehow this just makes the incident all the more cruel.”

He added: “We just hope the people that did this can be found and helped, before they move on to doing something more serious.”

A spokesperson for Northamptonshire Police confirmed it is investigating the attacks.

Sergeant Megan Sae-Thang said: “This was a vicious and unprovoked attack on defenceless animals and we will do all we can to find the person or people responsible.

“However, we need the public’s help and I would urge anyone who saw anything suspicious in the area last weekend, or has any information about those involved, to call Kettering police on 101.

“Fortunately, incidents like this are rare but we would encourage farmers and anyone with animals to review their security and if they see anything suspicious to contact police straightaway.”

The incident happened at West Lodge Farm Park some time between 11.30am on Saturday, June 20 June and 6.30am on Sunday, June 21.