The owner of an alpaca sentenced to death by the High Court has appealed for help - from Boris Johnson

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The owner of an alpaca sentenced to death by the High Court has appealed for help - from Boris Johnson.

Helen Macdonald's animal Geronimo has been ordered to be slaughtered after twice testing positive for bovine tuberculosis (bTb).

She has always disputed the result claiming The Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs is "relying doggedly on flawed science".

Last week she made a final failed attempt in the High Court to save her alpaca from slaughter - that must now be killed by August 5.

Helen, of Wickwar, Gloucestershire, has now asked the Prime Minister Boris Johnson to step in.

She told ITV Westcountry: “I’d like Boris Johnson to intervene now and look at this case, look at the evidence and sort out his Government because people’s lives are at stake, animals lives are at stake and we’re not going to get rid of the endemic disease in this country if people aren’t all working together.”

A Defra spokesperson said: “Bovine TB causes devastation and distress for farmers and rural communities and that is why we need to do everything we can to reduce the risk of the disease spreading.''

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