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Reward offered after Barnsley horse Tilly stabbed

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

A £1,000 reward is being offered after a horse was stabbed and then had to be destroyed.

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

The RSPCA and a vet were called after the grey mare was found by a dog walker just before 07:00 BST.

Part-owner Michelle Steeples said she had been left "devastated" by the attack on Tilly.

The RSPCA and South Yorkshire Police has launched a joint investigation.

"It was like something out of a horror film," Ms Steeples said.

'Deliberate wound'

Tilly was being cared and trained for by Ms Steeples after getting a reputation for being "difficult".

"She was making great progress. She was just about ready to get rehomed," Ms Steeples said.

Ms Steeples has set up a Justice for Tilly Facebook group and the reward has been offered by a stranger who heard what had happened.

"The vet confirmed it was a deliberate wound," she said. "It was one single stab wound to the underside of her stomach.

"The wound was about two or three hours old."

RSPCA inspector John Lawson said: "The poor horse, a very sweet small grey mare, was suffering greatly and was put to sleep on humane grounds."

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