Hunt for gunman who shot four-year-old horse in the head

Hunt for gunman who shot four-year-old horse in the head

Police have urged witnesses to help them track down a gunman who shot a horse in the head in the Cotswolds.

The four-year-old mare was shot while in the pasture at North Barn Farm in Cowley, near Cheltenham, in what Gloucestershire Constabulary said was a "brutal and unprecedented" attack.

The shooting happened overnight between 8pm on Thursday and 7.30am on Friday and the horse had to be put down as a result.

Pc Jon Warren said: "This was a cowardly and targeted attack on an animal who suffered incredibly as a result of its injuries. The horse was later put down due to its suffering.

"It happened in the southern area of the farm, directly next to the single track road that leads from the main A435 road towards the village of Cockleford.

"We're appealing for any witnesses who may have seen the offender or offenders or have any information about the incident. Please call 101 quoting incident 60 of 1 April."

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