An animal-lover whose horse was almost killed after she had a rope tied tightly around her neck is urging pet owners to be vigilant.
Karen Schofield, 42, of Mexborough, found her mare in extreme distress on Monday evening. Her face and neck had started to swell and she was struggling to breathe.
“I was trying to get my fingers underneath the rope so I could cut it off, but there was no give in the rope whatsoever. I had to get a brick and slice it off, it was really difficult and very scary.”
Karen was alerted to the incident by a girl who keeps horses nearby at around 8pm on Monday. The mare, called Ruby, had been grazing in an open field in Kilnshurst along with four other horses. Karen arrived there within 15 minutes.
“It’s lucky that girl saw her or she would have been dead this morning. It has been a great shock. She’s alright now but it could have been so much worse.”
Fearing another attack, Karen is now moving all of her horses to another field.
She added that around five weeks after she noticed the other horses in the field had become shy and now believes that the offender(s) may have previously tried to approach them.
The RSPCA and the police are investigating. Anybody with information should call the RSPCA Cruelty and Advice Line on 0300 123 4999 or the police on 101.