A horse that was found with multiple stab wounds had to be put down on the side of the road in Yorkshire yesterday (22 September).

Stabbed horseThe RSPCA were called when the black and white cob type gelding was found loose on the side of the road in Murton Way, Osbaldwick.

The gelding, who was thought to be about three-years-old, had five stab wounds and was euthanased by a vet at the scene to prevent further suffering.

“He was wearing a head collar and tether strap so had been tethered and either released or had escaped from it,” said a spokesman from the RSPCA.

Stabbed horse“We believe more than one person was likely involved in this incident, as it seems impossible that the horse would have allowed someone to do this to him without being restrained.”

The owner of the horse has not yet been identified and the RSPCA is urging anyone who has more information about the incident to phone 0300 1234 999 and ask to leave a message for RSPCA inspector Claire Mitchell.

Stabbed horseThe perpetrators could face a maximum prison sentence of six months and/or a £20,000 if they are found guilty of causing unnecessary suffering to a protected animal.

  • Welshfarmer

    Sorry you are right and by “they” seizing horses I did mean Gov. and Council officials not the RSPCA. I do stand by the fact that RSPCA and the councils always know who is to blame though …. it’s the same old offenders ALL of the time. The only way to hit these offenders is either in the pocket or to massively inconvenience them. Such a pity that the real sufferers in all of this are always the poor horses,

  • squiblet

    but they don’t have powers to seize horses – they need the police to do that and it can only be where suffering is obvious…(plus where to house all these poor quality unhandled horses for which there are no buyers lining up apart from meat).Local councils on the other hand do have powers of confiscation for nuisance and perhaps a zero tolerance immediate confiscation of any fly grazers might lead to a resolution of the problem – but ultimately the breeders have to be responsible in stopping breeding both in the traveller communities and the welsh hill farmers churning out badly bred section A’s

  • squiblet

    if you had any knowledge whatsoever of stabbings you would realise that the external evidence can hide massive damage.Whilst I agree that any charity (or indeed public service sector) salaries should be reflective of the fact they are funded by donation or tax payers and not through profit, I think denigrating the RSPCA is unhelpful to the cause of animal welfare – discouraging support will mean a reduction in the service possible and an increase in suffering.It is a pity there is no magical expanding pasture to accommodate the result of massive overbreeding especially by a couple of particular sections of society but distorted expectations of what the RSPCA can do plus overestimation of the powers they actually hold lead to unwarranted criticism.The bloodsport industry may be massively invested in overthrowing the RSPCA but normal people should – whilst always pushing for improvement – be supporting the RSPCA to the hilt because without it there is no doubt that animal welfare services in this country would be fragmented and haphazard.

  • Welshfarmer

    The RSPCA know exactly whose horse this is …. granted proving it might be difficult … but it’s the same offenders time after time after time after time. Why oh why do they not use the powers that they have already got and start seizing these non passported horses. The only way to make these stupid and callous owners come to their senses is to either hit them in the pocket or to really inconvenience them. How many more “owner-less” horses are we going to sadly have to see in this state. Poor horse; What a horrible and sad end to his short life bless him.

  • Hannah GowneyHedges

    They might look like ‘little nicks’ but stab wounds often do, frequently with little external signs of blood and they could have been very deep. I’m no fan of the RSPCA but I think you’re being very judgemental here based on a couple of photos.

  • Tracey Dooley

    Why are people continually getting away with these types of barbaric attacks?

  • I cannot believe this poor little horse was put to sleep because of these little nicks! Of course, maybe the pictures do not show the true extent of the injuries, nobody knows. The perpetrators are clearly scum who should be punished accordingly, but I would hazzard a guess that the police would be terrified of the type of people who tether these little cobs by the roadside. The rspca (lower case due to lack of respect) once again made the easy decision to ‘end the suffering’ by playing God! Perhaps dear old Gavin should take a cut in his pay so that more really deserving cruelty cases can receive care with the money! Our local rspca inspector sends hundreds of these little traditional cobs to a secret (not so secret that I could not find out about it) location in the mountains close by me, to be shot by an unlicenced hillbilly with no facilities to kill any animal!!! It is an incinerator plant that is meant to take fallen stock only! This is fact, not heresay! The rspca take money from innocent little old ladies and use it to pay fat salaries!

  • jessica

    This is absolutely horrific. To think what that poor, innocent pony went through. Animal cruelty perpetrators must be punished most severely and made an example of to stop these barbaric, heinous crimes being committed with no fear of consequence.