Owners of horse that was mutilated double reward for information
The owners of a pregnant mare that was mutilated have double the reward offered for information that could lead to whoever is responsible being captured. Rupert and Gill Worrell initially offered a £1,000 reward to anyone that could help find the person that attacked 19-year-old chestnut mare, Persian Dream.
They have now increased the reward to £2,500 in the hope of finding the person responsible for Persian Dream’s death. Persian Dream was attacked in a field off Clay Lane between 9pm on Thursday 3rd May and 6am on Friday 4th May. The attack is currently under investigation.
Rupert and Gill, who have bred and sold pedigree horses for nearly five decades, believe that the attack may have been a satanic ritual.
Persian Dream died within a day of the attack after suffering shock and internal bleeding. Her unborn foal also died. Gill, 67, said: “She was so horrifically damaged that the attack defies description,” said 67-year-old Mr Worrell senior.
“I’ve been breeding horses very successfully since I was 18 and I’ve never known anything like this. It was just unimaginable, I hate to think of her suffering so much. It was just plain murder of a defenceless animal.”
Rupert, 41, added: “Persian Dream was such a calm mare she would have allowed anyone to lead her,” he said.
“They certainly picked the animal which wouldn’t resist an attack. It was like a Satanic sacrifice.
“That’s why we’re offering the reward. “Whoever did this needs to be caught before they do it again.”
PC Nick Willey, wildlife crime officer for Lincolnshire Police, has urged anyone with information to get in touch with police. “An initial appeal generated public interest and people were appalled by the attack and the needless loss of life of the animal and her unborn foal,” he said.
“The public have been shocked by this attack and despite significant interest in the incident we still need more information to help us catch the person or people who did this.
“The death of the horse and its foal was extremely upsetting for her owners and they are hoping that this reward will encourage people to come forward.”
Anyone with information can contact Lincolnshire Police on 101 and quote incident number 242 of May 4 or get in touch with Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.
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