1. ITV Report

Three alpacas killed in Buckinghamshire


Three alpacas have been violently killed on a farm in Buckinghamshire.

Their owners, Lesley and Andrew Sapsford, say have been left “heartbroken” following the attacks and are now worried for their remaining 80 alpacas, who live on a farm in Little Kingshill, Great Missenden.

Two of the alpacas - called Pleasance and Gabriella, who was pregnant - were found dead in their shelter on Saturday 6th January.

The following day, a 4-month-old alpaca named Ragamuffin was also found dead in the shelter.

Gabrielle the alpaca was pregnant at the time of her death

Their bodies were taken to a vet who carried out a post-mortem examination, which showed that they had all suffered blunt force trauma.

“Somebody has purposely done this and they did it in the shelter so that they could not be seen. We are heartbroken and devastated - we can’t believe that anybody would be so cruel.

“At this time of year there isn’t any grass on the field so we feed them concentrate, which means they would have seen someone coming onto the field thinking that they were going to be fed.

“Our alpacas have never been treated badly by a human before. We can’t process the evilness of it all. We’re so worried about our other alpacas now. Whoever has done this could do it again.

– Lesley Sapsford

RSPCA inspector Rachel Smith, who is investigating, said: “This is a sickening act of cruelty which has left the owners devastated. It is very concerning that someone would think it acceptable to do this to an animal.

“We are keen to hear from anyone who has any information at all which could help us in our investigation.”

People with information should contact the RSPCA’s appeals line on 0300 123 8018.