13 Sep 2018

No answers and more mystery animal killings in the South Island

1:21 pm on 13 September 2018

The identity of a South Island livestock killer remains a mystery.

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Nine months ago Peter McLeod, who farms in Kauri Bush near Dunedin, was left with nine dead lambs - cattle from neighbouring farms were also shot and killed.

But the culprit was never caught.

Earlier this week three newborn lambs were killed in Mosgiel, bringing back bad memories for Mr McLeod.

He told Morning Report he still doesn't know who killed his animals.

"It is a bit concerning about the mentality of these people when they're shooting livestock and leaving them for dead," he said.

"We thought it was just random, you know, guys out, maybe they had a beer or two... and boom boom."

He said it became sinister when they came back a second night.

"Initially I was pretty damn angry to be fair, that's my wife's and my two wee boys' livelihood... farms are expensive beasts to run... they'll gobble up every bit of money you can make."

He said farming was difficult but you just have to get on with it.

"We're no different from anyone else when it comes to working and trying to survive."

The police have been approached for comment.