A 51-year-old man has appeared in court charged with shooting two horses and a cow.
Police were called to the Monk’s Dale area, near Tideswell, on Saturday evening after reports that three animals had been killed.
Two other horses in the same field were unharmed in the incident.
Police said they recovered a gun during their investigation.
John Tibbles, from Ladycroft Avenue, in Buxton, appeared at North East Derbyshire and Dales Magistrates’ Court in Chesterfield on Monday.
He has been remanded in custody until July 13 when he will appear in court again.
A police spokesman said: “I would like to reassure members of the community that this is an isolated incident.”