A £1,000 reward is being offered for information leading to the conviction of a thug who stabbed a horse in a ‘mindless attack’ in Barnsley.
An animal lover put up the cash after being horrified at the stabbing, which led to seven-year-old mare Tilly being put to sleep.
The Connemara was knifed in her stomach in a field off Broadcarr Road, Hoyland, and was so badly injured she had to be destroyed.
Owner Michelle Steeples, 32, said she is devastated at the attack, which is the subject of a joint investigation by the RSPCA and South Yorkshire Police.
A dog walker spotted the injured animal at around 7am on Sunday, March 29 and raised the alarm.
But RSPCA inspector John Lawson said she was ‘suffering greatly’ and was ‘put to sleep on humane grounds’.
A Facebook campaign has been launched to draw attention to the attack and to encourage anyone with information to come forward.
Heartbroken Michelle said: “It is devastating to think that somebody would do this. It’s sickening really.
“They can’t be right in the head to want to hurt a horse.”
She said Tilly was ‘beautiful and sweet’...
“Tilly was attacked as she was stood in her field. The RSPCA and vet confirmed that this was not a tragic accident but a deliberate act.
“She was taken from a loving family in a mindless attack.
“The person or people responsible need caught before they can harm anyone else.”
She is urging anyone with any information to come forward to help the police and RSPCA piece together the clues.
Call South Yorkshire Police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.