A HORSE was left with a gaping cut in the second attack of its kind in the space of a week.
Bay horse Chanel was attacked in a field at Whitelea Farm, Easington Colliery, between 7pm on Wednesday and 8am yesterday.
The vet called out to sedate and treat the wound with eight stitches believes a Stanley or craft knife could have been used.
The horse has been prescribed antibiotics.
It is being cared for by farm owner Ron Colledge and Paul Stephenson, 31, who owns Chanel.
Police are investigating the assault and looking into whether there could be a link to a similar attack in Haswell a week ago, which left a horse needing 90 stitches to his neck.
Ron, 68, said: “Whoever did this wants putting down.
“It’s absolutely disgraceful for somebody to do such a thing to an animal.
“They reason why I’ve involved the police and media is because of what happened in Haswell. We’re only 15 minutes away.”
Anyone with information is asked to call Durham police on 101.