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Barnsley horse stabbing prompts new appeal

Tilly the horse Image copyright Michelle Steeples
Image caption Tilly was stabbed once in the stomach and lay injured for hours before being found

The owner of a horse that had to be destroyed after a "horrendous" stabbing has made a new appeal for witnesses.

Tilly was found to have suffered a single stab wound to the stomach in a field off Broadcar Road in Hoyland near Barnsley.

The RSPCA and a vet were called after the seven-year-old grey mare was found by a dog walker just before 07:00 BST on Sunday 29 March.

Owner Michelle Steeples said she was "desperate, we need to know."

"It was horrendous. Somebody has to know something this has been an attack on her."

Image caption Michelle Steeples said Tilly was "part of the family"

A £1,000 reward for information that leads to a conviction has already been offered, along with the launch of a Facebook campaign.

Anybody with information has been asked to contact South Yorkshire Police.

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