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


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 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, 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 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, 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 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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