Cumbrian Heavy Horses attack: Reward after mare impaled

Annie Rose with Skye Image copyright Cumbrian Heavy Horses
Image caption Annie Rose said Skye was a trusting horse

Public donations have funded a £6,500 reward to find attackers who stabbed a "loving and trusting" horse with a 2ft 6ins (80cm) wooden stake.

The eight-year-old Clydesdale mare, called Skye, suffered horrific injuries in the "sick and evil attack" at Cumbrian Heavy Horses near Millom.

The animal, one of 20 heavy horses at the 175-acre riding complex, was found bleeding heavily by staff on 10 May.

Donations received by owner Annie Rose since the attack will fund the reward.

Ms Rose said she and staff had been sickened by the attack on the evening of 9 May.

Vets worked for several hours to safely remove the wooden stake, which had been sharpened, from the horse's hind quarters.

The former nurse, who has operated the riding business for 15 years, said: "Whoever did this wanted to kill the nicest and sweetest horse you could ever meet.

"We have all been left disgusted by such aggressive violence against a beautiful animal."

Image copyright Cumbrian Heavy Horses
Image caption Skye is expected to make a full recovery despite suffering severe internal injuries

The horses are not corralled or stabled overnight and are left to graze on the centre's extensive pastures.

Ms Rose said she had been "overwhelmed" by hundreds of messages of sympathy and received thousands of pounds in donations that were being used as a reward fund, which has so far topped £6,500.

Cumbria Police are investigating the attack and the RSPCA described the incident as "disturbing."

Ms Rose added: "Skye has had surgery and is getting a lot of love and care and should make a full recovery.

"But obviously we are worried something similar could happen again, so we want whoever did this caught quickly."

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