One horse stabbed to death and another dies in fire at Sunderland allotment site

Two horses have died at an allotment site in Sunderland - one in a suspected arson and the other after being attacked with a knife.

Friday, 7th September 2018, 11:46 am
Updated Friday, 7th September 2018, 2:06 pm
Police officers are investigating the incident

A horse has died in the blaze a Downhill allotments, off Rhodesia Road, Sunderland, which is being treated as a suspected arson.

A Shetland pony was found with in a distressed state with cuts and slashes to its body which are believed to have been caused in an attack with a knife.

Police officers are investigating the incident

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Vets then made the decision to put the pony to sleep.

Emergency services were called the fire this morning at 12.55am to a car alight which spread to a nearby stables and kennels.

A spokesperson for Northumbria said: “At 1.36am today, police received a report of a fire at a stable in Rhodesia Road, Sunderland.

“Emergency services attended and found a car alight. The fire had also spread to a nearby stable, where a horse was found deceased within. Police are treating the fire as suspected arson.

A horse has been killed in a knife attack

“A second horse was found deceased outside the stable. It is believed that it was killed as a result of being attacked with a knife.

“Inquiries are ongoing. Anyone who saw anything suspicious is asked to contact police on 101 quoting reference 051 070918.”

A stables, kennels and a car were severely damaged in the blaze.

A spokesman for Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service said: "Crews from Marley Park and Sunderland Central were called to the fire at Downhill allotments off Rhodesia Road at 12.55am.

A horse was died after being attacked with a knife

"The stables, kennels and a car were severely damaged.

"Several animals were involved and sadly a horse has died. A Shetland pony which was nearby has suffered some injuries."

The cause of the fire is not yet known and Northumbria Police and the RSPCA are currently investigating.

The incident happened at Downhill Allotments