‘Heartless’ attack on children’s farm

Murdered - Ami Charnick with one of the survivors PPP-140519-152852006
Murdered - Ami Charnick with one of the survivors PPP-140519-152852006

A CRUEL attack has seen seven ducks killed at a Barnham children’s farm.

The birds, found with their heads missing, were part of a small farm, which is being set up at the Windmill Shopping Village by Ami Charnick.

Ami, who has been working to get Little Children’s Farm on its feet for the last three months made the grim discovery when she arrived at work on May 6.

“At first I thought maybe a fox had got in. The gate was slightly open so we just assumed. I was devastated, but I tidied everything up and tried to get back to normal,” said Ami.

As the birds were Aylesbury-cross-Pekin ducks, which are suitable for eating, they were taken to a local butchers.

Ami said: “We had a call on the Saturday from the butcher, he told us that the ducks had been shot and then their heads cut-off with a large serrated knife.

“I was horrified. We just couldn’t believe it. I just can’t understand why someone would do such a cruel and heartless thing, for no purpose. When we thought it was a fox we could understand it, as it is nature, but this is awful.”

Ami is also upset at the loss of nine-year-old Black Road chicken Ruby who went missing at the same time the ducks were killed.

“I can’t understand why someone would have taken her? She is an old bird – a pet. It is devastating. It has been extremely upsetting.

“We were just at the point where we were ready to open. It has been a lot of work, but we were finally getting there. It is so obviously a children’s farm. I just can’t understand why someone would do it.

“There is just no reason for it. They didn’t even take the ducks to sell for meat.” Determined not to let the callous act ruin the farm it opened for business on Tuesday. It is home to pigs, goats and five surviving ducks. Ami has been running the pet supplies shop Needin’ Feedin for the last year.

Anyone with any information should contact Sussex Police on 101.