Enquiries continue after horse found dead

08 Nov 2016 14:00 PM

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Police are continuing to carry out enquiries after a horse was found dead in a field in Cleadon.

Bobby, a small Shetland pony, was found dead in a field off Cleadon Lane in the evening of Thursday, November 3.

Officers attended and found he had suffered multiple injuries. Bobby's injuries were caused deliberately.

The RSPCA has carried out a post mortem and it's believed he may have died up to 24 hours before he was found.

Neighbourhood officers are working with the local equine community to offer reassurance to local horse owners and have visited local residents.

Superintendent Brad Howe said: "This is a truly horrific crime which has understandably shocked the community. We know Bobby's owner is absolutely devastated and have been in regular contact with her to keep her updated with the progress of our investigation.

"We are continuing to carry out enquiries and are pursuing a number of lines of enquiry but need the public's help. Someone must know who did this, if anyone has any information about who is responsible we want to hear from them or if they saw anything suspicious in Cleadon Lane in the 24 hours before Bobby was found on Thursday evening please get in contact.

"We taking this incident very seriously and our enquiries will continue until we find who did this."

Anyone with information should ring Northumbria Police on 101 quoting reference 1050 031116 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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