Police are appealing for witnesses to an incident in Mendham area of the county where a horse was seriously injured.
The incident took place at some point between 4pm and 6pm on Tuesday 29 October where a horse had sustained a significant wound to the neck and shoulder whilst it was out of its paddock.
The horse, a female and aged 18 years old, has had to be put to sleep as a result of the wound.
Officers investigating believe it to have been a deliberate attack. The horse was wearing a coat at the time which police believe was removed by the suspect prior to the attack.
Police are urging anybody that may know anything about the incident to come forward and also urge other horse owners to remain vigilant.
Sgt Brian Calver from the Rural Crime team said: “We would suggest other horse owners review their security measures in their paddocks and stables, and we are also urging the wider public to remain vigilant and report any suspicious activity. This is a particularly disturbing attack and one which we don’t want to see repeated. It’s vital we catch those responsible as a matter of urgency.”
Anyone who has knowledge of the incident should contact police, quoting crime reference 37/65784/19.