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The RSPCA is investigating after a horse suffered serious injuries when he was slashed with a knife in his field in Milton Keynes.
Domino is being treated by a vet for three severe wounds to his face, shoulder and the side of his body. All of the wounds are deep, with the one on his face being cut near to his sinuses.
The attack happened sometime between 5pm and 8.30pm on Saturday, at a field in Newport Road, in Woughton-on-the-Green.
RSPCA inspector Susan Haywood, who is investigating, said: “Domino’s owner is understandably devastated and can’t understand why someone would do this.
“Domino is currently being cared for by a vet, who has stitched up the horrific injuries. The vet was of the opinion that whoever did this to Domino did so with a lot of force, and all of the wounds are clear cut, suggesting a knife was used.
"Bones in his face were broken too, which has led the vet to believe that a hammer was also used in the attack.
“He will take a long time to recover from this. Currently he is on pain relief and is being treated for tendon damage to his face, but the vet is hopeful that in time he will get better.
“We are very concerned that someone deliberately inflicted these injuries on an innocent animal, and we urge anyone who has any information to contact us in complete confidence on 0300 123 8018.”