Pregnant deer dies in Killerton House 'dog attack'

A pregnant roe deer has been killed in what is believed to be a dog attack at a National Trust estate in Devon, a warden has said.

The warden at Killerton House, near Exeter said he was alerted to the incident on Wednesday and believed the attack happened overnight.

Ed Nicholson said: "We went out to have a look at her ready to put her out of her misery or care for her, but by the time we got there she was dead."

Police are investigating the attack.

Mr Nicholson said: "These things are never conclusive but, in my experience in 20 years of dealing with these things, it would suggest it was a dog that did it."

He added that dogs were allowed within the grounds of Killerton House, but urged dog walkers to ensure their animals were under control at all times.

The deer population at Killerton is subject to controlled culling, with the animals killed then sold for meat.

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