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HORSE ATTACK; Owner's horror after filly is shot with crossbow in field.

Byline: SOPHIE DOUGHTY dough·ty  
adj. dough·ti·er, dough·ti·est
Marked by stouthearted courage; brave.

[Middle English, from Old English dohtig; see dheugh- in Indo-European roots.

THIS is Daisy the horse who was shot with a crossbow as she grazed in her field.

The black-and-white filly was left with an 18-inch arrow embedded in her back when she was targeted by a cruel sniper.

And today, as police hunt the callous attacker that could have left Daisy with permanent injuries, her furious owner spoke of the horrific attack.

Stephen Bothick, 35, said: "I just can't believe someone would do this to a defenceless adj. 1. same as defenseless; as, a defenceless child s>.

Adj. 1. defenceless - lacking protection or support; "a defenseless child"

vulnerable - susceptible to attack; "a vulnerable bridge"

 horse. They must be wrong in the head. My horses are like part of my family. I would rather they had fired it at me."

Stephen, of Jarrow, South Tyneside South Tyneside is a metropolitan borough in Tyne and Wear in North East England.

It is bordered by four other boroughs - Newcastle upon Tyne and Gateshead to the west, Sunderland in the south, and North Tyneside to the north.
, discovered that Daisy had been shot after his father went to check on the family's eight horses at their fields, in Lukes Lane, Hebburn, on Friday morning.

The 17-month-old filly was cowering cow·er  
intr.v. cow·ered, cow·er·ing, cow·ers
To cringe in fear.

[Middle English couren, of Scandinavian origin.]
 in the field with a huge arrow sticking-out of her back, and the usually friendly horse ran away when her owners tried to catch her.

Stephen rushed his pet to his vets, in Yarm, North Yorkshire North Yorkshire, county (1991 pop. 698,800), 3,209 sq mi (8,313 sq km), N England. The county comprises the districts of Craven, Hambleton, Harrogate, Richmondshire, Ryedale, Scarborough, Selby, and York. , where the arrow, which had embedded itself 12-inches into her body, was removed.

But he is still waiting to see if any permanent damage has been caused.

"At first I just couldn't believe it," Stephen explained. "Then I saw it and I was just foaming. The blade ricocheted off her spine. I just can't imagine who would do something like this. To do something like that to a little horse is just senseless cruelty."

Daisy was shot sometime between 7pm on Thursday, and 11.15am on Friday.And police are now appealing for help to catch the crossbow sniper.

Sgt Sam Rennison of Northumbria Police Northumbria Police is the Home Office police force responsible for policing the areas of Northumberland and Tyne and Wear in England. The service is the sixth largest police constabulary in England or Wales. As of April 2005, the current Chief Constable is Mike Craik.  said: "This was a callous attack against a defenceless animal.

"We would ask for anyone with any information to come forward."

Witnesses are asked to call Northumbria Police on 03456 043 043.
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Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:Nov 2, 2009
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