Animals suffer in cruel attacks

Broken glass, wire and striimer wire which was left outside the stable door and in the fields at stables near Middleton.
Broken glass, wire and striimer wire which was left outside the stable door and in the fields at stables near Middleton.

A SHOCKING catalogue of killings, attempted poisonings and maiming has been carried out against defenceless animals.

The attacks have left the animals’ owners shocked, angry and bewildered as to how anyone could be so cruel.

Police are investigating the attacks, which have been taking place on an almost daily basis for the last two years.

The two female owners of the animals, who wish to remain anonymous for fear that they might also be attacked, have stables and land in the Overton and Middleton area.

“It’s dreadful – we can’t understand why this is happening,” said one of the women. “We are being targeted for unknown reasons.

“Glass is always being thrown onto the paddock where the horses walk and feed. They’ve also thrown glass into the dog’s run.

“We found a doping syringe –the kind you can only get from a vet. Our Shetland pony had been doped. If she had tried to eat it would have killed her, because she wouldn’t have been able to swallow due to her throat muscles being paralysed.

“All of the fields are enclosed by an electric fence and that has been cut on several occasions.

“Emptying water out is a danger to horses because they need to be able to drink.

“All of this is extreme animal cruelty. Every day there is a stressful situation. We go to our land and think ‘what am I going to find today?’

“My friend’s horse ate some high energy food they’d left and it went berserk on the road. It could have caused a fatal accident.”

The women said they can tell someone is trespassing as there are footprints, broken down grass and gates are left tied differently. “It’s got worse since February. One of our neighbours has also had hay bales slashed,” she said.

“We don’t know whether it’s happening at night or in the day.”

The women added that another chilling aspect of was that the culprits might be doing other things to the animals they are unaware of. The animals seem always frightened, they said.

The RSPCA has been informed, but can’t act until the attackers have been caught.

If you can help call police on 101.