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A Shetland pony and a miniature horse were stabbed a total of 27 times by someone using a stanley knife.
The pair were stabbed and mutilated during a cruel attack whilst in their field in Hinckley, Leicestershire.
One of the two rescue animals was attacked in the face and head area while the other suffered 19 painful lacerations to its back, neck and flank.
Sadly, this isn’t the first time that animals have been attacked in this field. Back in May, two other horses belonging to the same owners were attacked with a bottle and were pelted with stones and eggs.
The most recent victims are, Daisy, a 7-year-old Shetland pony and Tallulah, a six-year-old ‘little horse’. They were found by their owners Brian Poole and his wife Donna on the morning of Wednesday 1st August.
Mr Poole said: “We live nearby and are there every day to muck out, groom and feed and water the ponies. When we got down there on Wednesday I noticed Daisy and Tallulah were standing apart from the other ponies. I noticed a water bucket on the floor and thought ‘that shouldn’t be there’ and realised something was up. When I approached them I could see blood all over the little horse’s face. Up close you could see the marks of a knife or blade. She’s only got one eye but someone had cut her where her eye used to be. Daisy had blood all down her front and had stab wounds all the way down her side. I was horrified.”
“It appears the wounds were caused by a Stanley knife.”
“I just can’t believe someone could be so cruel and sadistic to torture such gentle anddefenseless animals – it’s absolutely sickening and utterly disgusting.”
After the couple had found their horses injured they informed the police and called the vet.
The couple had increased the security since the first incident back in May, when their twoShetland ponies, Miss Juliet and Prince were attacked.
Miss Juliet was found with cuts on her face and a swollen cheek and Prince suffered a fractured nose, believed to be caused by a chair being thrown at him.
Mr Poole said “We put a larger, six foot padlocked gate in but it seems this time they broke into the field by removing a fence panel in the back garden of one of the nearby houses.”
Following the attack on Daisy and Tallulah, they have removed all of their animals from the field.