Leeds & West Yorkshire

Shetland ponies' tails cut off in Hebden Bridge attack

Two Shetland ponies had their tails cut off in an attack in West Yorkshire, police said.

The animals were assaulted overnight on Friday at a farm in Hebden Bridge. Their tails were cut off below the bone leaving them distressed.

West Yorkshire Police said the animals were not left bleeding but were suffering discomfort as their tails were used to swat flies and insects.

The force is investigating if the tails may have been cut off to sell on.

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