Horse traumatised after serious mutilation

The Scottish SPCA are working with police. Picture: Jane Barlow

The Scottish SPCA are working with police. Picture: Jane Barlow

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POLICE are investigating after a ”traumatised” horse was found with horrifically mutilated genitals.

The Scottish SPCA is working with police after the 23-year-old Icelandic gelding, named Hrafn (pronounced Frap), was discovered bleeding heavily in his field at Swanston Livery Yard on Thursday, March 21.

Hrafn’s penis had been cut and he required emergency surgery to remove it. The animal is continuing to recover under veterinary supervision.

Senior Inspector John Toule said: “The vet advised that Hrafn sustained a clean cut with a sharp metal instrument.

“They have also said that this appears to have been a malicious attack.

“Hrafn was found by his owner on Thursday morning. She had last visited him on Wednesday evening, therefore we believe the incident occurred either late on Wednesday night or in the early hours of Thursday morning.

“Hrafn had lost a lot of blood and, although he was still standing, was very weak.

“It is difficult to comprehend why anyone would do this to a defenceless animal and this attack is extremely concerning.

“Causing an animal unnecessary suffering is an offence and anyone found guilty of doing so can expect to be banned from owning animals for a fixed period or life.

“We are urging horse owners in the area to be on guard and report any suspicious activity.

“Anyone with information on this sickening incident should contact us or the police as soon as possible.”

Hrafn’s owner, who wishes to remain anonymous, said, “This was a cowardly and cruel act.

“Thankfully, Hrafn is recovering well but he is clearly traumatised.

“He is such a gentle and quiet older horse and it is hard to understand how anyone could put an animal through this sort of pain.”

A police spokesman said, “We are working closely with the Scottish SPCA as part of our investigation into this incident, and we are appealing to anyone who has any information that can assist our enquiries to contact police as a matter of urgency.

“Anyone who was in the area of Swanston Road close to the livery yard on Wednesday night into Thursday morning last week, who noticed any suspicious activity, should contact police on 101.”

Information can also be reported anonymously to the Scottish SPCA Animal Helpline on 03000 999 999 or through Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.