Pony mutilated in broad daylight leaves owner feeling 'traumatised'
PUBLISHED: 12:43 25 October 2017 | UPDATED: 12:48 25 October 2017
The owner of a pony attacked in Weston-super-Mare says he has been left 'traumatised' by what happened.
Crumpet was left seriously injured after an attacker broke into her stable, tied her up and cut her with a blade.
Owner Simon Bilkus says Crumpet is now recovering at her stable.
Avon and Somerset Constabulary has launched an appeal for information, saying the crime happened on Thursday on the fields on the road between Uphill and Bleadon.
A police spokesman said the attack happened at some point between 9am-5.30pm.
However, Mr Bilkus believes it was likely to have occurred earlier rather than later.
Speaking to the Mercury, he said: “She is on a diet and has a small of hay in the morning and at night, so she would normally eat that in an hour.
“But when my partner went down there at night it was untouched so whoever it was must have entered soon after she left.”
Blood was discovered on the floor and Mr Bilkus and his partner called the police.
He said: “I was shocked beyond belief to find her tied up with a lunge line so tight from the rafters in the barn that she could not move.
“She was sweating from head to foot.
“After untying her I noticed she had a big open gash on her shoulder.
“I called the police and the vet – the vet could not stitch the wound as it was too wide and she had to examine her internally as she was very swollen and losing blood.
“The vet retrieved the end of the broom handle from inside her.”
Crumpet has now returned to her stable and is thankfully not showing any ill-effect from the attack.
Mr Bilkus said the attack was ‘senseless’, adding: “I feel more traumatised than she is.
“We have had her since she was two months old and we have her mother so I don’t know if she’s trying to be brave.”
Anyone who has any information about what happened is asked to call 101 and quoting reference number 52171239288.”