Police appeal after horse shot with nail gun in 'nasty, motiveless attack'

10 January 2020, 11:19

The horse was shot in the face with a nailgun
The horse was shot in the face with a nailgun. Picture: Avon and Somerset Police
EJ Ward

By EJ Ward

Police are appealing for information after a horse was shot in the face with a nailgun in a 'nasty and motiveless' attack.

Detectives in Somerset are appealing for witnesses after the horse was shot in the head in December, in Foxcote, near Radstock.

A spokesperson for Avon and Somerset Police said it appeared a "nail gun was fired at the horse’s head."

Officers said the incident happened in a field between Green Street and Single Hill between 4.30pm on Saturday December 28 and 2.30pm the following day.

When a vet was called to the scene they had to remove a 50mm nail.

The 50mm nail the horse was shot with
The 50mm nail the horse was shot with. Picture: Avon and Somerset Police

The horse has suffered scarring but is recovering well following treatment.

The horse was shot in the face
The horse was shot in the face. Picture: Avon and Somerset Police

PCSO Mike Storey, from the neighbourhood team, said: “This was a nasty attack on an animal, with no apparent motive.

“Thankfully incidents of this nature are rare, but we would urge horse owners in the area to be vigilant and report any suspicious activity to police.”

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call 101 and quote reference 5220004702.

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