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Pirate FM Horse Attack Reward
7:08am 30th January 2012
(Updated 7:08am 30th January 2012)
"Justice for Erik".
Pirate FM puts up a £2000 reward, after a horse was tortured and cut to death in its field at Stithians.
Within an hour, a listener added another thousand pounds to take the total to £3000.
The attack happened a week ago.
There are fears the stallion was targeted as part of a satanic ritual and had been tasered first.
Owner Dawn Jewell is urging anyone with information to come forward.
These locals say everyone is still in shock:
"Somebody knows something somewhere. It's just getting these people to come forward and getting the truth out. It does hurt. If I could get hold of them I'd ring their neck and that's putting it politely. It seems to me to be an indescribable, evil offence".
Meanwhile, Devon and Cornwall Police downplay reports of another horse attack, this time in Holsworthy.
Officers say they are not linking it with the attack at Stithians.
The RSPCA released this statement:
“We did receive a call at the weekend with a report of a dead horse in a field, near Pyworthy, north Devon, and we informed the police with the details.
"However, it was the opinion of an independent vet, who examined the body and carried out a post-mortem on the body of the horse, that it died from natural causes and that the injuries the body displayed were consistent with being caused by predators post-death. There were not considered to be any suspicious circumstances surrounding the animal's death".
Peter from St Austell has added another £2000 to Pirate FM's reward.
He calls it sickening: "I didn't think, to be honest, that anyone with half a brain would even think of doing that. I just don't believe in any cruelty to animals and this, by the sound of it, was a very violent and cruel thing done to a horse which probably didn't deserve it.
"The reason I'm coming forward basically, is I don't believe in cruelty to any animals. Lunatics that does this sort of thing to any horse or any other animal, they want to be caught and hopefully brought to justice".
Police are urging people to come forward with specific leads, not theories based on information they have found on the internet.
Officers warn that could hamper the investigation.
14 year-old Leighanne from Illogan is organising a sponsored ride to support Erik's owner: "If the people who know anything about what's happened, if they've got pets, imagine if that got taken away from you and you found out that it wasn't natural causes that did it. It was actually someone that did it deliberately. It would just make you feel really, really bad".7:08am 30th January 2012
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