Fears after second horse found injured in Barnsley

Picture shows Michelle Steeples whose horse Tilly was stabbed in a field in Barnsley, South Yorkshire. See Ross Parry copy RPYHORSE : The heartbroken owner of a horse who was stabbed in a mindless attack has had her plight retweeted by celebs including Zara Phillips. A #1,000 reward has been offered for information following the attack which left the grey mare suffering a single stab wound to the stomach. Tilly later had to be destroyed after the attack in a field off in Hoyland near  Barnsley, South Yorks., on Sunday, March 29. The RSPCA and a vet were called after she was found by a dog walker just before 7am. Owner Michelle Steeples said she had been left "devastated" by the attack on 'Tilly who was ready to be rehomed.''Glen Minikin / rossparry.co.uk
Picture shows Michelle Steeples whose horse Tilly was stabbed in a field in Barnsley, South Yorkshire. See Ross Parry copy RPYHORSE : The heartbroken owner of a horse who was stabbed in a mindless attack has had her plight retweeted by celebs including Zara Phillips. A #1,000 reward has been offered for information following the attack which left the grey mare suffering a single stab wound to the stomach. Tilly later had to be destroyed after the attack in a field off in Hoyland near Barnsley, South Yorks., on Sunday, March 29. The RSPCA and a vet were called after she was found by a dog walker just before 7am. Owner Michelle Steeples said she had been left "devastated" by the attack on 'Tilly who was ready to be rehomed.''Glen Minikin / rossparry.co.uk
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A police probe is underway into injuries sustained by a horse in a field just minutes away from where another was stabbed.

The alarm was raised on Sunday night after the owner of a horse kept in a field on Keresforth Hill Road, Gilroyd, Barnsley, found it with slash wounds to its stomach and legs.

Just two weeks earlier another horse, Tilly, was found with a knife wound to her stomach, which was so serious she had to be destroyed.

Tilly was in a field off Broadcarr Road, Hoyland, Barnsley, when she was attacked.

Her owner, Michelle Steeples, said the RSPCA believes Tilly was deliberately attacked.

She fears the latest incident could be a ‘copy cat’ attack but police officers are still investigating and have yet to establish the cause of the wounds.

Michelle claims that since June 2013 there have been 10 incidents in which horses in and around Barnsley have suffered injuries, including a stable fire in which two horses died.

She claims a horse was struck in the face with a crossbow and another was beaten around the head with a blunt object.

Details of all the incidents have been passed on to South Yorkshire Police.

Michelle, who re-schools horses over the spring and summer months, said she is concerned at the number of attacks on horses she has been informed of since Tilly was knifed.

“If there is someone or people out there deliberately injuring horses they are sick. Tilly’s injuries were horrendous, like something from a horror film,” she said.

“I have been doing some research in the local area and since June 2013 there have been 10 incidents where horses have been attacked , five of which proved fatal and as far as I know nobody has been caught for any of them.”

A South Yorkshire Police spokeswoman said: “Police received a call at around 7.15pm on Sunday, April 12 reporting that a horse had received two wounds to its body and legs.

“The owner contacted police after checking on her horses that were being kept on land off Keresforth Hill Road in Gilroyd, Barnsley.

“The injuries are not thought to be serious.

“Enquiries are ongoing.”

Anyone with information should call South Yorkshire Police on 101.