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Owners 'devastated' as horse slashed overnight

Tommy the horse with owners Alison Cook and Megan James Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

Owners of a horse who was slashed overnight have said they are "absolutely devastated" by the attack.

The five-year-old Trotter named Tommy was in a field grazing when the attack happened.

Initial thoughts that the horse could have injured itself on barbed wire were quickly ruled out when the extent of the injuries were seen.

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The owners, Alison Cook and daughter Megan James, have said they are "heartbroken" by what has happened.

Alison, who bought the horse for her daughter, said: "Tommy is a very well natured horse and we are absolutely devastated by what has happened. It makes me absolutely sick. It will be a long road to recovery, no doubt. The vet bills are going to be horrendous and to be honest, I have no idea how I am going to pay for them."

Police are appealing for witnesses and information to lead to the arrest and conviction of those involved.

Jed's colouring and lack of tail 'put people off'

A dog in County Durham has been searching for a loving home for seven years. In that time Jed the lurcher has been overlooked by 14,000 potential owners who've visited the Dogs Trust in Darlington where he lives.

Rebecca McKeown at Dogs Trust, says there are a number of reasons she thinks people are put off by Jed:

Is this Britain's most unwanted dog?

Meet Jed, the lurcher in the care of Dogs Trust Darlington who has been overlooked 14,000 times.

He was taken in as a four-month-old puppy and has been adopted on a couple of occasions but each time the owner has had to return him because he's too energetic.

It is thought Jed is England's least wanted dog - and has been in care longer than any other canine.

The Dogs Trust, in Darlington, County Durham, is putting out a fresh appeal to find a permanent home for the loving lurcher.


Poisoned puppies found in weighed down suitcase

Three puppies have been found dead in a weighed down suitcase wrapped in a dressing gown and fur coat.

The Staffordshire bull terriers, two male and one female, were found in the water at the Port of Sunderland. Vets believe they were poisoned with rat poison.

They were aged four or five months and are believed to be from the same litter.

All had a severe skin condition called demodectic mange and vets are worried that the mother may still have the condition.

"These puppies have suffered a great deal and I’m appealing for anyone who knows who they belong to, or who saw anything that might help my investigation, to get in touch.

If you think you can help, please call the inspector appeal number on 0300 123 8018 and ask to leave a message for me."

– RSPCA Inspector Bestwick