The owners of a horse that had to be put down believe it was deliberately attacked, causing irreparable injuries.
The horse, called George, was found in a field in Blackgate Lane, Pulborough, on Tuesday September 9, wrapped tightly around its left fore and hind legs in an electric fence line.
Owners Luke Welfare and Zoe Walker, who run Soul Equestrian at Scrase Farm, believe that someone was responsible for an attack on the horse.
Zoe said: “At first we thought it was just an unfortunate accident where George had got himself tangled up in the fence.
“However, the number of times that the fence line was wrapped around each foot aroused our suspicions and we called the police.
“Unfortunately, the line was so tight that it cut off circulation to both feet and the vet was unable to save them or ultimately, George.”
PC Jonny Walker said: “There’s no apparent reason why this horse or these stables should have been targeted in this isolated incident, but we would like to hear from anyone who has any information about the incident or who has experienced anything similar.
“Blackgate Lane is fairly remote, but were you around the area at any time from late afternoon or overnight on Monday, September 8 and if so did you see anything suspicious?”
Police are appealing for witnesses. Anyone with information can contact police by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 101 quoting serial 1096 of 18/09.