Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Shetland Pony Is Killed in Horrific Attack; RESCUE ANIMAL MUTILATED AND LEFT TO DIE IN FIELD

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Shetland Pony Is Killed in Horrific Attack; RESCUE ANIMAL MUTILATED AND LEFT TO DIE IN FIELD

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Byline: SEAN SEDDON Reporter ec.news@ncjmedia.com

THE owner of a Shetland pony which was mutilated and killed has opened her heart to speak about the "horrific" attack.

Bobby, a rescue horse, was discovered at around 8pm on November 3 in Cleadon Lane, Cleadon, South Tyneside.

According to an RSPCA inspector, Bobby had suffered multiple injuries after being slashed.

Police said that the nature of the injuries suggest the gruesome attack was carried out by a person rather than another animal.

Owner Wendy Redpath, 52, of South Shields, remembered going to check on her horses in the morning and discovering something wasn't right.

She said: "I arrived at the field after 7am and it was very dark.

"It took me about 10 minutes before I realised there was no Bobby.

"I only had the torch on my phone but looked around the fields and couldn't see anything.

"One of the girls who keeps horses in the field next door helped me look with her boyfriend.

"It was her boyfriend who found Bobby and he was distraught."

Wendy began taking care of Bobby when his previous owner put him up for sale.

Finding a new owner for the horse was proving difficult as he had problems with his feet and could not be ridden.

Bobby joined Wendy's collection of rescue horses and lived happily in her care for around five years.

Wendy said she was in no doubt that a person was to blame, despite suggestions from some on social media that it may have been an animal attack.

She said: "I am in no doubt that an animal might have come in afterwards - but we are not in Kenya.

"If Bobby was attacked by an animal then it was a fox and a fox could not have done this.

"I think he was enticed into that corner because he was so innocent.

"He was an easy target and was not as fast as the other horses."

Wendy said that police have been making enquiries in the area, including obtaining CCTV footage from nearby properties. …

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