Horse killed in frenzied knife attack

A Friesian horse similar to the one killed and (below) Gunnels Fold Farm
A Friesian horse similar to the one killed and (below) Gunnels Fold Farm

AN INVESTIGATION has been launched after a horse had its throat slashed during an attack at a Wigan stables.

A Friesian horse was found dead by its owner at Gunnells Fold Farm on Arbour Lane, Standish, early on Monday morning .

The Police and the RSPCA are investigating after a horse had it's throat slashed at the stables at Gunnels Fold Farm, Arbour Lane, Wigan

The Police and the RSPCA are investigating after a horse had it's throat slashed at the stables at Gunnels Fold Farm, Arbour Lane, Wigan

The three-year-old horse, which was called Arwen, is believed to have had its throat slashed in a frenzied attack.

A post-mortem examination is taking place to determine the full extent of the mare’s injuries.

It is believed that a man has been detained under the Mental Health Act following the incident.

Greater Manchester Police and the RSPCA have now launched a joint investigation into the tragic circumstances.

A spokesman for Wigan RSPCA said: “This was obviously very upsetting for the owner, to find their horse dead in the stables.

“The family are very traumatised as Arwen was a much-loved family pet.

“We will be pursuing this case along with the police and are now investigating the incident, to make sure we get the right outcome.

“If anybody has any information about Arwen’s death, they can call us anonymously.”

A spokesman for Greater Manchester Police said: “At 7.25am on Monday, November 28, police were called to a farm on Arbour Lane, Standish following reports a horse had been fatally injured.

“A joint investigation is being conducted by GMP and the RSPCA into the circumstances surrounding this incident.”

No one at Gunnells Fold Farm was willing to comment about the attack.

Friesian horses originate from Friesland, in the Netherlands and are often used to pull carriages.

The horses are also a popular choice for dressage and driving competitions.

Anyone with information is asked to call police on 0161 856 7103 or contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111 or the RSPCA on 0300 1234 999.