Horse Dies Following Attack, Gainsborough

Incident 242 of 4th May 2012

Persian Dream

At about 6a.m. on Friday 4th May the owner of a 19-year-old chestnut mare homed in a field in Clay Lane, Gate Burton, Gainsborough discovered her lying down with blood around her. As she was in foal, it was thought that she was starting to foal, and a vet was called.

The vet checked the mare and discovered that she had been attacked. She 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 appealing for any information in relation to the incident. The attack is believed to have happened between 9p.m. on Thursday 3rd May and 6a.m. 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 are understandably devastated by her death. She's described 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 are asking the horse owning community to be extra vigilant at this time and report any unusual activity".

Please contact Lincolnshire Police on 101 quoting incident number 242 of 4th May 2012. Alternatively, call the charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

There is now a reward of £2500 for any information leading to an arrest and conviction.

The owners of the mare are willing to speak to the media. Please contact HQ Press Office on 01522 558026.

Updated: 14th May 2012 at 11:52