POLICE are hunting the sick culprit responsible for throwing acid over a horse - burning its skin and leaving it scarred for life.
The 18-year-old horse, Thomas the Tank Engine, was in a field on Spinkhill Road, Killamarsh, when he was attacked.
His upset owner, Julia Clayton, of Rotherham Road, Killamarsh, discovered the injured Gypsyvanner on her daily morning visit to the field where she keeps him, and initially thought he had been slashed with a knife.
When a vet examined Thomas he discovered a corrosive substance - some kind of acid, had been poured over him.
Julia, who has nine horses including two she breeds and a number she has rescued, said she wants the culprit caught.
She is facing a vet’s bill of at least £1,000.
“I have had the horse for 11 years so I am upset that someone would do that to him,” she said.
“The vet says this hasn’t been thrown from a distance, it was someone who went up to him and poured it over him from a close distance.
“I thought he had been slashed at first and the vet told me to clean him up and when I did the skin came away.
“The vet says if it had been a foal the shock would have been enough to kill it, but because Thomas is older he was able to withstand the pain.
“But it must have been agony for him. He would have felt the burning sensation.”
She fears the incident was targeted.
“You have to know where the field is to get to it so I don’t think this was a random attack, I think it was deliberate and the horse was singled out.”
A Derbyshire Police spokesman said: “Police in Killamarsh are appealing for information after a horse was injured in a suspected acid attack.
“Sometime between 10pm on Sunday, June 3, and 7am on Monday, June 4, a corrosive substance was thrown on the horse’s mane while it was in a field on Spinkhill Road.
“The substance caused some of the horse’s mane to fall out and a small wound to its face.
“Police would like to speak to anyone with any information about the incident.”
Call Derbyshire Police on 101.