York & North Yorkshire

Stabbed horse put down at York roadside

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Image caption The three-year-old male gelding was put down after suffering five stab wounds

A horse had to be put down after being found with multiple stab wounds in York.

A member of the public reported seeing the animal "on the loose" in Murton Way, Osbaldwick, at about 07:15 BST.

It appeared to be in shock and was bleeding from several cuts, North Yorkshire Police said.

Vets and RSPCA officials were called to the scene and found the cob-type horse had five puncture wounds. It was put to sleep at the roadside.

It is not known who the owner of the three-year-old black and white gelding was and the matter is being investigated by the RSPCA.

A spokeswoman said: "The [horse] was put to sleep at the scene on the advice of the attending vet to prevent further suffering.

"He was wearing a head-collar and tether strap so had been tethered and either released or had escaped from it."

Anyone with information about the incident should call the RSPCA on 0300 1234 999.

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