45 sheep have been put to sleep for welfare reasons after RSPCA Inspectors stopped a lorry in the Port of Ramsgate in Kent.
The four tier lorry was pulled over by officers early this morning and due to technical faults with the vehicle it was declared unfit to travel.
The sheep were then unloaded into the port where it was discovered that two were seriously injured and so they were put to sleep following advice from vets.
Upon inspecting the load it was discovered that 41 were lame and so they were put to sleep
In a further tragedy, sheep were loaded into an area where the floor then collapsed - six sheep fell into water and four were rescued by officers, but two drowned.**
It's understood that two lorry drivers have been arrested in connection with the incident.
RSPCA Inspectors told Meridian that as of 23:43 the remaining sheep were still waiting in the port for an alternative vehicle to continue their journey.