A dead and mutilated stallion has been found in a field in Cornwall.
The horse’s genitalia had been cut off, his eyes gouged out and his teeth removed. He’d also had his mane and tail cut and his tongue sliced.
Devon and Cornwall Police are investigating the incident. It is thought the attack happened between 4pm on Sunday 8 January and midday on Monday 9 January in the Stithians area, near Truro.
Erik, owned by Dawn Jewell, was a two-year-old Friesian. Ms Jewell was intending on showing him and breeding from him.
“He was my perfect horse, I loved him – he was my baby,” she told H&H.
A mare and foal were left in the field unharmed.
Police and the RSPCA are carrying out enquiries and are urging people in rural areas to be vigilant.
An RSPCA spokesman told H&H: “An RSPCA officer will be meeting with a vet to examine the body and try and establish the cause of death.
“This is a shocking incident and I cannot imagine what would cause someone to carry out such a cowardly and barbaric act.”
Yesterday (Monday 9 January) H&H reported that a pony had been found dead in a field with its eyes missing and its body slashed in Carmarthenshire.
Anyone with any information on either case should contact the police on 101 or the RSPCA on 0300 1234 999.