County Durham cancer boy's pet horse shot dead
A horse belonging to an 11-year-old County Durham boy who recently under went treatment for a brain tumour has been shot dead in Bishop Auckland.
Bronson Honeyman discovered his horse, Bob Marley, on a visit to the field in Gurney Valley on Friday morning.
A spokesperson for the RSPCA said the incident left Bronson "shocked" and "distressed". He has recently received treatment for a brain tumour.
The RSPCA has launched an investigation and Durham police have been informed.
The animal was shot in the neck sometime on Thursday night or the early hours of Friday with what is believed to be a shot-gun.
Inspector Ruth Coxon, from the RSPCA, said: "What happened here is absolutely dreadful.
"To discover a much loved pet has been killed in such awful circumstances is shocking for anyone, let alone a young boy who has been through such a lot in recent months and our thoughts go out to him."