Police are appealing for information after a horse was dragged from an animal sanctuary across a field in Widnes by a gang of youths.
Officers said that a group cut through a fence at the Shetland Rescue Horse and Pony Sanctuary on Ramsbrook Lane in Hale Village on Wednesday, July 9, at 9pm and tried to drag a horse across a field by placing a rope tightly around its neck.
The group – which police believe involved up to five youths aged between 14 and 15 – was spotted by a member of the public who began to walk over but the youths fled the scene.
The horse then had the rope removed and was returned to the sanctuary.
PC Stuart Twiss, of Widnes Neighbourhood Policing Unit, said: “Fortunately there are no visible injuries or marks to the horse but clearly this caused the animal a great deal of distress.
“The sanctuary is a voluntary organisation and takes care of rescue horses that are no longer wanted or have been neglected.
“The behaviour of those involved is despicable and I would like to reassure people that we are doing all we can to try and trace whoever is responsible.
“The local neighbourhood policing team is carrying out a number of enquiries in the local area and anyone with any information, which could help with those enquiries, is urged to come forward.”
Anyone with information is urged to call Cheshire Police on 101 and quote incident number 941 of July 9.
Information can also be left anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.