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20 June 2016, 07:40 | Updated: 20 June 2016, 07:42
Police are appealing for witnesses and information after a horse situated in a field in off Bedmond Road, Abbots Langley was found injured yesterday evening (Saturday, June 18th) at around 7pm.
The horse is a white and brown Cob-type yearling colt (a young uncastrated male). It sustained an injury close to its eye which suggested it had been shot at with a long bow. A long bow bolt was found still in the wound when the horse was discovered.
The RSPCA, Local Crime Unit and the Constabulary’s Rural Operational Support team are aware and investigating.
The horse is currently with the Royal Veterinary College for treatment. It is believed that it will survive its injuries.
Investigating officer DS Dan Stoddart from the Three Rivers Local Crime Unit said: “I am appealing to anyone who was in the area of the field yesterday around 7pm or before then and saw anyone acting suspiciously to please get in contact.
“This appears to be senseless, cruel crime and we are doing all we can to find the person responsible. If you saw anyone acting suspiciously around the field yesterday we would like to hear from you as soon as possible.
“Please contact us via the police non-emergency number 101 with any information, alternatively call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”
RSPCA Deputy Chief Inspector Mel Fisher said: "It seems this poor boy has had a very lucky escape, though the next 48 hours will be crucial.
"The long bow bolt has gone through his eye socket and into his nasal cavity, miraculously without hitting anything vital. It's hoped he won't lose his eye but it's too early to know for sure.
"This was a wicked attack on a friendly and sociable little chap. If anyone saw anything, please contact the police or the RSPCA on 0300 123 8018."