Sick slasher stabs horses grazing in field

Blood covers the face of the stabbed stallion in the field at South Kirkby.

Blood covers the face of the stabbed stallion in the field at South Kirkby.

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TWO horses were left stabbed and bleeding by a crazed intruder who attacked them in their field.

The cob-type horses, aged eight and three, received vicious stab wounds during a night-time attack at South Kirkby.

The RSPCA is still appaling for help from the public in finding whoever is responsible.

The mare and stallion were both stabbed in the face and in their hinds. The stallion, which is used for stud, also suffered wounds to his chest and legs.

But both are recovering well after being given courses of antibiotics.

Their owner, Lee Burnett, 37, of South Elmsall, was on holiday when the attack took place.

It was a worker on a nearby industrial estate who spotted the bleeding animals and alerted the RSPCA.

RSPCA Inspector Joanne Taylor said: “This was a despicable act of violence against two horses.

“There was blood all over them but they’ve been very lucky, it could have been a good deal worse.

“If anyone witnessed what happened and is happy to give us a statement please come forward.

“Please, if you saw anything and think you might be able to help, call us now.”

Mr Burnett said he left the horses in the care of his dad and uncle, and they checked them every day.

He said: “I was told it was a flick knife that was used in the attack, and that there was so much blood you couldn’t see the wounds.

“I’ve also heard a man had walked his dog through the field and it got kicked accidentally by one of the horses.

“I was told he came back to knife them after dark, when he’d had a drink or two.

“I don’t know if it’s true but I understand a knife has been seized that’s been sent for forensic investigation.

“I bred both these horses from foals. They’re both a lovely temperament but now they won’t let you near their back ends and they flinch every time you approach them.

“They’re healing well but more than anything they’ve become very nervous.

“I can’t understand why anyone would do such a thing. I know it could have been worse but it’s a nasty person who can attack defenceless animals.”

The RSPCA organised the veterinary treatment immediately, when officers attended the call-out.

Anyone who feels they may have information about the attack on the horses should ring the 24-hour cruelty line on 0300 1234 999, and leave a message for Inspector Taylor.