Owner disgusted at hack attack on horse in field

Jenna Hurrell's horse, Nike, had his mane and tail cut while standing in the field.

Jenna Hurrell's horse, Nike, had his mane and tail cut while standing in the field.

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A horse owner has told of her ‘disgust’ after her beloved, ageing pet was attacked in a field.

Police are investigating after the 25-year-old horse, called Nike, had part of his mane and tail cut off on Monday afternoon.

It’s awful and disgusting that this has happened, because I’ve had him since I was 14, so he’s like a family member

Jenna Hurrell, horse owner

Nike is based in fields near Station Approach, in East Boldon, and is owned by Jenna Hurrell, 30, and her dad Chris Hurrell, 62.

Miss Hurrell, who is a veterinary care assistant at the People’s Dispensary for Sick Animals, has had Nike for 16 years, and Monday’s discovery left her extremely upset.

She said: “I left him for a few hours on Monday afternoon, and when I got back, I realised his mane and tail had been hacked away at.

“His mane is really long because he’s 25 years old, and they took big chunks out of it. His tail had almost been halved.

“It’s very upsetting, because I’ve known Nike since he was seven and had him since he was nine.

“It’s just awful and disgusting that this has happened, because I’ve had him since I was 14 and I’m 30 now, so he’s like a family member.

“The one thing I’m grateful for is that he’s not injured, but to go in and do that to someone’s pet is horrible.”

Miss Hurrell left Nike at about 3pm on Monday, and discovered what had happened to her beloved horse when she returned at 7pm.

She added: “I was away for about four hours, and had left him with a bucket of food. The bucket was still there when I got back, which I thought was strange.

“He’s an old horse and not a threat to anyone.”

Northumbria Police are urging horse owners in the area to remain vigilant and check paddocks are secure.

Inspector John Smith said: “This is an awful thing to do and very unsettling for the owner. Police patrols have been made aware for community reassurance.

“It’s an unusual incident, but owners are asked to make sure their fields are secure and to be vigilant.

“If you know anything or see or hear any suspicious activity, please call 101.”

Anyone with information can contact police on 101 ext 69191 quoting reference 1232 08/06/15, or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.