Police are appealing for information after a horse was shot with a crossbow in South Tyneside last week.
Daisy, a 17-month-old piebald cob, was left with a crossbow embedded in her shoulder after the attack, which took place between 7pm on Thursday (29 October) and 11.15am on Friday (30 October).
The horse was in a field with several others at Lukes Lane, Hebburn.
Daisy’s owner, 35-year-old Stephen Bothick found the crossbow sticking out of the horse when he went to check on them on Friday morning.
The metal bolt was removed by a vet.
“I haven’t heard of anything like this in the area before,” Mr Bothick told H&H. “I have five others in the field with her but none of them were touched. Luckily she’s progressing really well and seems fine.”
Sergeant Sam Rennison from Northumbria police said: “This was a callous attack against a defenceless animal.
“We would ask for anyone with any information on this incident to come forward.”
Anyone with information should contact the police on: 03456 043 043 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.