Three men appeared before Cannock Magistrate’s Court in Staffordshire on 15 October following a police investigation into an attack on a horse.

The men — two 19-year-olds and an 18-year-old — were arrested on 27 April and charged with causing unnecessary suffering to a protected animal under the Animal Welfare Act 2006.

A 19-year-old piebald mare had been discovered at an Essington Hall Farm field on Bognop Road in Essington with lacerations to her body that police believed had been caused by a blade. The incident, which resulted in the animal being put down, occurred between the evening of 13 April and the next morning.

The case was adjourned until 26 November.

This news story was first published in Horse & Hound (25 October, ’07)