GRAPHIC IMAGE: Warning issued as horse suffers horrific injuries in attempted theft

A police warning has been issued after a horse suffered ‘horrific’ injuries in an attempted theft in Rotherham.

Monday, 13th July 2020, 8:52 am
Updated Monday, 13th July 2020, 8:52 am

Stables in the Wath-upon-Dearne area were broken into overnight on Saturday, July 11 into Sunday, July 12, with a horse believed to have been the ‘target’.

Iron gates to the were forced open and a 4x4 appears to have been used in the attempted raid.

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A second gate was also damaged, with the slats deliberately bent down to create an opening through which the thieves involved attempted to drag the horse.

The horse managed to flee and was found on Wath golf course.

But South Yorkshire Police said because the thieves were unsuccessful they may strike again.

The force said: “This is warning to all stable and horse owners in the Wath Upon Dearne area and neighbouring areas.

“Stables at Wath were broken into sometime overnight on July 11 into July 12

“The 8ft iron gates were partially forced open a 4x4 appears to have been used.

“The target seems to be this female horse, who suffered horrific injuries.

“The second gate had the fencing slats damaged and bent down and the suspects have tried to steal the horse by dragging her through the damaged slats.

“The horse managed to get away and was found on Wath golf course.

“As the suspects have been unsuccessful they will probably be at it again.”

Anyone with information should call South Yorkshire Police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.