Police are appealing for witnesses following an attack on sheep in the Ballyholland area close to Newry in recent days.
The cruel assault took place sometime between 8.30pm on Wednesday and 8pm on Friday, the PSNI said.
Chief Inspector Roy Robinson added: “This is the second brutal attack on animals in the local area in recent days and we would appeal to the public for their assistance in dealing with these incidents."
The first attack took place sometime between 8pm on July 4 and 8am on July 5, in the Temple Hill Road area of Newry.
Police said of this incident: "Three sheep have been violently killed with a further three having to be put down by a vet.
"Four more sheep have what appears to be large stab wound injuries. Some of these sheep have also had their ears cut off as a result of this barbaric attack."
Police are asking anyone with information to ring 101 and ask for Newry station, quoting reference number 1246 of 07/07/17 or ring anonymously on 0800 555 111.