A police investigation is under way after three young cows died after eating poisonous tree cuttings illegally fly-tipped on a farm.
The three Friesians died after eating yew tree and leylandi branches dumped on a farm at Dolwen, near Colwyn Bay, north Wales.
Sgt Rob Taylor of the North Wales Police rural policing team described the incident as “atrocious”.
I’m saddened today by the selfish act of someone who by saving a bit of money by not going to a legal skip, kills animals and hurts a farmer
— Sgt Rob Taylor (@NWPRuralCrime) July 25, 2015
He said: “I’m appalled that the selfish action of someone dumping their waste has killed three animals. We are investigating and will analyse CCTV footage.”
North Wales Police said illegal fly-tipping was a problem in the area and the force has appealed for help from the public to catch those responsible.
Sgt Taylor said officers were hunting a suspect in connection with the incident. He is described as male, aged 50-60, of heavy build, using a dark blue, two-door pickup-type vehicle, which was “slightly battered and old and may have had a silver stripe”.
Sgt Taylor said: “Apparently he has been dumping clippings during the past two weeks. He has to be living/working local to Colwyn Bay. Have you used someone recently?”
He appealed to the public for information to help catch the offender.
“This is a perfect example of how the police, press and our loyal twitter followers can catch an offender. This is detectable. Call 101.”