Heartless thieves leave foal for dead after botched midnight raid

Bournemouth Echo: LEFT FOR DEAD: Izzy Spillane, 10, with her foal Havana who is recovering after being attacked in its field near Throop LEFT FOR DEAD: Izzy Spillane, 10, with her foal Havana who is recovering after being attacked in its field near Throop

CALLOUS rustlers left a foal for dead after attempting to steal her in an overnight raid.

One-year-old Havana had less than an hour to live when she was discovered near her field on Friday morning.

She had been tied to a post with a piece of rope wrapped tightly around her neck.

Luckily, her owners found her in the nick of time, and vets hope she will go on to make a full recovery.

Lesley West, Beckie Fuidge and Becky Spillane, who jointly own the foal, say they also believe she had been kicked and punched by the intruders.

Lesley said: “We found her when we went to do the morning feed at around 9am. She wasn’t in her field – she was on the track outside, and there was a rope dog-lead wrapped incredibly tightly around her neck. We couldn’t get our fingers underneath the rope to pull it off.”

She said Havana’s back legs and face were ‘badly swollen’ from a beating, and added: “It’s just absolutely horrendous.”

Becky’s daughter Izzy, 10, a Moordown St John’s schoolgirl, helped to rescue Havana and a second foal last year.

While Havana survived, the other young horse sadly died.

“I just didn’t know how to tell her about this,” said Becky, who keeps a number of horses at Hicks Yard at Throop.

“None of us has slept thinking about it. They tried to take her, and when they couldn’t, they just left her for dead.”

Lesley said: “The vet told us that if we hadn’t found her for another hour, she would have died because of the lead around her neck.

“We just want to warn other horse owners about this.”

Beckie said she believes that the raiders were scared off after other horses in adjoining fields began to make noise.

“A woman staying across the road said she heard the horses making a lot of noise sometime between 2am and 4am,” she said.

“We think there must have been a bit of a racket, and all the horses were together in the same field when we arrived the next morning, so it looks like they were badly disturbed.”

Izzy said: “I felt so upset when I found out. I couldn’t get to sleep last night because I was so worried about it. It’s so sad to think somebody has done this.”

A Dorset Police spokesperson said: “This is currently under investigation.”

To speak to officers with information, call 101.

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6:16am Tue 6 May 14

Bournemouth100 says...

Pure evil
Pure evil Bournemouth100
  • Score: 55

7:01am Tue 6 May 14

Chief-Wiggum says...

Nasty people, lets hope they get caught
Nasty people, lets hope they get caught Chief-Wiggum
  • Score: 65

7:29am Tue 6 May 14

yet_another_one says...

What on earth has happened to humanity - these sick individuals need a dose of their own medicine & I for one would gladly oblige.
What on earth has happened to humanity - these sick individuals need a dose of their own medicine & I for one would gladly oblige. yet_another_one
  • Score: 74

8:03am Tue 6 May 14

corngoat says...

yet_another_one wrote:
What on earth has happened to humanity - these sick individuals need a dose of their own medicine & I for one would gladly oblige.
Could not agree more, well said!
[quote][p][bold]yet_another_one[/bold] wrote: What on earth has happened to humanity - these sick individuals need a dose of their own medicine & I for one would gladly oblige.[/p][/quote]Could not agree more, well said! corngoat
  • Score: 51

8:22am Tue 6 May 14

Carolyn43 says...

Had to be at least 2 individuals - horses, even foals, take a lot of restraining. Really sick individuals. Apart from trying to steal, putting a lead around any animal's neck is extremely cruel even to lead it. Id like to put a rope tied tightly around the necks of whoever it was, then tie them up to a fence and leave them.
Had to be at least 2 individuals - horses, even foals, take a lot of restraining. Really sick individuals. Apart from trying to steal, putting a lead around any animal's neck is extremely cruel even to lead it. Id like to put a rope tied tightly around the necks of whoever it was, then tie them up to a fence and leave them. Carolyn43
  • Score: 55

8:27am Tue 6 May 14

Ginny nz says...

I know what needs to be done to them if ever caught - Oh sorry the EVIL are protected by " their rights " while innocent animals are allowed to be harmed !! Hopefully this beautiful animal will make a full recovery and will get over this traumatic event .
I know what needs to be done to them if ever caught - Oh sorry the EVIL are protected by " their rights " while innocent animals are allowed to be harmed !! Hopefully this beautiful animal will make a full recovery and will get over this traumatic event . Ginny nz
  • Score: 48

8:42am Tue 6 May 14

poolebabe says...

Barbaric. How can people treat any animal this way? They should have the same done to them.
Barbaric. How can people treat any animal this way? They should have the same done to them. poolebabe
  • Score: 35

9:47am Tue 6 May 14

4FCB says...

Be interesting to know if there was a small plait in the horses’ mane.
If any horse owners ever find this has been done to their horse whilst in a field, get the horse in somewhere secure. It’s a sign that Gypsies use to mark horses that they want to return and steal.
It’s a good idea also to sign up online to Dorset Police Horse Watch. You get email alerts that thieves are operating in the area; it might just help save your horse and tack.
Be interesting to know if there was a small plait in the horses’ mane. If any horse owners ever find this has been done to their horse whilst in a field, get the horse in somewhere secure. It’s a sign that Gypsies use to mark horses that they want to return and steal. It’s a good idea also to sign up online to Dorset Police Horse Watch. You get email alerts that thieves are operating in the area; it might just help save your horse and tack. 4FCB
  • Score: 39

11:39am Tue 6 May 14

PeachesRolls says...

Which part of the world do we live in exactly??? This is utterly horrific. Poor little thing. What fear and pain must s
he have gone through?! Hope she makes a full recovery. xx
Which part of the world do we live in exactly??? This is utterly horrific. Poor little thing. What fear and pain must s he have gone through?! Hope she makes a full recovery. xx PeachesRolls
  • Score: 24

1:29pm Tue 6 May 14

eaststandman says...

Aah well, the summers coming, raining in Ireland.........it's traveler season!! Start thinking about locks, bolts etc. They specialize in horses. They're a recognized minority you know.......
Aah well, the summers coming, raining in Ireland.........it's traveler season!! Start thinking about locks, bolts etc. They specialize in horses. They're a recognized minority you know....... eaststandman
  • Score: 27

4:35pm Tue 6 May 14

goatty says...

Perhaps the best punishments for these cowards is to the same as they did to that poor defenceless horse. Put a nice tight rope around their necks but instead of tying them to a fence tie them to a nice high branch and let them swing. As for all the do gooders who would create and talk about human rights its about time the majority told them where to go as well!
Perhaps the best punishments for these cowards is to the same as they did to that poor defenceless horse. Put a nice tight rope around their necks but instead of tying them to a fence tie them to a nice high branch and let them swing. As for all the do gooders who would create and talk about human rights its about time the majority told them where to go as well! goatty
  • Score: 17

5:08pm Tue 6 May 14

kinsonjim says...

It is not rocket science, they have nicked or destoyed everything around their slum. Now thanks to the 'oomen rites' brigade they are pushing their luck further afield. Anyone can see them any day, eye-balling everything while they treat the law of the road, and pavements, with contempt
It is not rocket science, they have nicked or destoyed everything around their slum. Now thanks to the 'oomen rites' brigade they are pushing their luck further afield. Anyone can see them any day, eye-balling everything while they treat the law of the road, and pavements, with contempt kinsonjim
  • Score: 15

6:10pm Tue 6 May 14

Gastines3 says...

kinsonjim. you may be interested to know that your local councillor when I asked questions about the tenants you mention, asked what house I was referring too? Make a good car-sticker'Local Councillors do it with their eyes shut'.
kinsonjim. you may be interested to know that your local councillor when I asked questions about the tenants you mention, asked what house I was referring too? Make a good car-sticker'Local Councillors do it with their eyes shut'. Gastines3
  • Score: 11

6:50pm Tue 6 May 14

echor23 says...

There must be some CCTV somewhere in the area to help find these evil people? Seek any information you can from all the neighbours and try to get any CCTV as these people need to be caught and punished, severely punished. It's utterly barbaric and these people evidently have no soul whatsoever. I pray they will get caught and your horse will go on to make a full recovery.
There must be some CCTV somewhere in the area to help find these evil people? Seek any information you can from all the neighbours and try to get any CCTV as these people need to be caught and punished, severely punished. It's utterly barbaric and these people evidently have no soul whatsoever. I pray they will get caught and your horse will go on to make a full recovery. echor23
  • Score: 11

7:38pm Tue 6 May 14

elfinia says...

I am utterly horrified by this dispicable act. I live in the vicinity and will keep my eyes open. So glad the foal was saved. How can people be so cruel ?
I am utterly horrified by this dispicable act. I live in the vicinity and will keep my eyes open. So glad the foal was saved. How can people be so cruel ? elfinia
  • Score: 9

10:10pm Tue 6 May 14

Sir Beachy Head says...

elfinia wrote:
I am utterly horrified by this dispicable act. I live in the vicinity and will keep my eyes open. So glad the foal was saved. How can people be so cruel ?
It's inbred in to them sadly.
[quote][p][bold]elfinia[/bold] wrote: I am utterly horrified by this dispicable act. I live in the vicinity and will keep my eyes open. So glad the foal was saved. How can people be so cruel ?[/p][/quote]It's inbred in to them sadly. Sir Beachy Head
  • Score: 4

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