Police in Leicestershire are appealing for witnesses after two young horses are attacked in their field

Police are appealing for witnesses and are carrying out forensic testsfollowing a vicious attack on two horses in Leicestershire.

Jazz, a four-year old mare and Ragga, a three-year-old gelding were found in their field with their legs tied together with nylon rope.

According to witnesses, Jazz had been beaten around the head and chest with a wooden plank, and Ragga had sores where the rope had cut into the legs.

Both horses had also had their tails tied down and had been tied tightly to a fence.

The rope and the plank used in the attack wereleft in the field at nearby Thurcaston, following the attack, which is believed to have taken place in the early hours of Friday morning last week.

The 33-year-old owner of the horses, who has asked not to be named, but who comes from Sileby,Leics, said that both horses were extremely distressed and it would take a long time for them to get over the ordeal.

The owner, who has three children, has said the family is “devastated” by the attack.

Police have launched an investigation and are appealing for anyone with information to get in touch, The motive for the attack is unknown.

Nick Speight, the local RSPCA inspector said: “We are asking all horse owners to be extra vigilant and watch out for anyone taking an interest in their animals.”

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