Horse and unborn foal die after attack in field

A PREGNANT horse has died after an attack which left her bleeding in a field near Gainsborough.

Owners of the 19-year-old chestnut mare found her lying in a pool of blood at around 6am on Friday 4th May, in a field in Clay Lane, Gate Burton.

It was first thought that she was starting to foal, and a vet was called. But after a through check, the vet found she had been attacked.

The horse had lost a lot of blood and was taken to the vets for treatment. Sadly, the mare and her foal died on Saturday 5th May.

Police are now appealing for anyone with information to come forward.

The attack is thought to have happened between 9pm on Thursday 3rd May and 6am on Friday 4th May.

The mare was in a field with four other brood mares and police would like to hear from anyone who saw or heard any suspicious activity in the area.

The owners of the mare say they are understandably devastated by her death.

They described her as a ‘lovely natured animal’ who was five weeks away from foaling.

Lincolnshire Police’s Wildlife Crime Officer PC Nick Willey said: “This was a terrible crime which resulted in the death of a horse and her unborn foal.”

“It has been devastating to the owners, who are very upset that their much loved animal has died so needlessly.”

“Fortunately, such crimes are rare in the county, and we ask the horse owning community to be extra vigilant at this time and report any unusual activity.”

Call Lincolnshire Police on 101 quoting incident number 242 of 5th May 2012, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.