Fund to catch pony's killer continues to grow

Cash is still flooding in to a reward fund set up to help catch the killer of a Shetland pony.

Friday, 25th November 2016, 12:08 pm
Updated Tuesday, 6th December 2016, 5:34 pm
Bobby the Shetland pony.

News of 12-year-old Bobby’s death left hundreds of our readers upset and disgusted.

The horse – who had been taken in by owner Wendy Redpath and was handicapped by foot problems – had been severely mutilated.

His genitals and bottom lip had been hacked off, his stomach slashed and his mane was cut off.

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The sheer brutality of the killing left our readers shocked and disgusted – with hundreds of people taking to social media to express their horror and to plead for anyone with information to come forward.

Bobby was discovered in a field off Cleadon Lane on November 3.

A crowdfunding page has now raised almost £4,000 for a reward to help catch the killer, with donations coming in from across the country.

One person wrote: “These ‘people’ need to be caught and handed extremely severe sentences. This poor little fellow was probably enticed over to them, instinctively trusting a human as he had no cause to fear. Imagine the surprise, shock and sense of betrayal – never mind the agony – that this little chap felt. And presumably his friends saw the entire episode and could not contemplate what they were seeing take place.”

An investigation has been launched by the police and RSPCA.

Anyone who would like to add to the reward total, visit

People with information on the killing is asked to call police on 101 quoting reference number 1050 03/11/16 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.