Three men will appear in court tomorrow charged with unnecessary suffering to a piebald mare.

The mare, Maggie, had to be put down following the attack over which three men local to Essington, Wolverhampton.

On the morning of 13 April 2007 the 19-year-old piebald mare was found in her field bleeding heavily and with such severe wounds that she had to be put down.

Maggie’s owner, Davina Bowyer, found her mare bleeding heavily with wounds to her back leg, her Achilles severed, one foreleg smashed above the knee and with cuts all over her body.

The attack — carried out with some kind of blade — led to locals raising a £1,500 reward for information leading to the conviction of those responsible. The attack took place overnight between 13-14 April, and three suspects were arrested on 27 April.

Three local men will appear tomorrow at Stafford Magistrates Court charged with unnecessary suffering to Maggie. The case is scheduled to start tomorrow and may run for three days.

Davina said: “Maggie was such a sweet-natured horse, she wouldn’t hurt a fly.”