Stolen Shetland pony's severed head found in Spennymoor
The severed head of a Shetland pony has been found in County Durham, a week after the animal was stolen.
Six-year-old Trigger, was reported stolen from an allotment area near the Frog and Ferret pub in Spennymoor, on Wednesday 9 November.
His owner was out looking for him on Tuesday, when she found his severed head on a track 10-minutes walk from the allotment.
Durham Police's Paul Colman said the owner was "extremely distressed".
No other parts have been found.
Pc Colman said: "We are following a number of lines of enquiry but at this stage we don't believe this was a random attack.
"The owner is naturally extremely distressed, and we would welcome contact from anyone who may have information about the incident."
Anyone with any information about the brown and white pony, is asked to contact Durham Police or Crimestoppers.