NORTH HARWICH — The brutal attack on a seven-year-old Welsh pony overnight Saturday has left the horse with life-threatening injuries, and leaves local equestrians and supporters angry and afraid.
Police say sometime late Saturday night or early Sunday morning, one or more perpetrators entered the barn at CB Equestrian off Old Chatham Road, let four horses out of their stalls, and then violently attacked one with a broken pitchfork handle. The horse, named Scottie, was found conscious but still impaled Sunday morning.
“It’s a serious crime and there is an active police investigation to try and determine who is responsible,” Harwich Police Sgt. Aram Goshgarian said Monday.
The horse underwent emergency surgery and survived the procedure, and is now being treated with antibiotics and being monitored for signs of infection. The wooden handle had been jammed in the animal’s backside, emerging underneath near its groin. As of Monday, Scottie appeared to be recovering well.
Though it is not yet known whether the attack was random or targeted, horse owners around the region have stepped up security around their farms, and are rallying to support Scottie’s owners and the owner of CB Equestrian. An online fundraiser has also been established.
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