Police have launched an investigation after a horse was slashed in Haswell, Durham.
Police attended reports of a horse that had been slashed on the morning of Thursday 4th September.
The attack on the horse is believed to have been random leaving the horse with injuries on the right hand side of the animal’s neck which consisted of 10-12” horizontal cut, approx’ 4” deep and bleeding heavily.
A vet who attended the incident said that the bleeding was that heavy if the horse had been left longer it would have died.
The horse needed 90+ stitches to close the wound has now been moved from the field.
The horse, a five-year-old “Trotter” named TOMMY was in the field grazing. He has recently become an up and coming champion in the sulky racing circuit having been placed in the top three of 12 races and the outright winner of the other 9.
TOMMY was about to be moved to a stables for further training in order to improve on its fitness and performance. Due to the severe injuries its racing career will now be on hold.
Police are appealing for witnesses and information to lead to the arrest and conviction of those involved.
The investigating officer, PC Kevin Woodcock who is based in Seaham said he had never come across anything so barbaric in his twenty-plus years police service.
“The wound was horrendous and could not have been the result of an accident. We suspect something like a butcher’s knife may have been used. If anyone has any suspicions as to how who was responsible, I would urge them to contact the police or the independent charity Crimestoppers.”