An animal protection charity has offered a reward of £2,500 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the death of a horse in a Syston field.
Honey, a two-year-old chestnut cob, was discovered dead off Potters Lane on September 7 after being attacked by what was thought to be a bladed weapon.
PETA spokesperson Elisa Allen said: “It is imperative that any community faced with a sadistic and violent act such as this take measures to find the culprit or culprits and bring them to justice.
“Animal abusers are a danger to everyone – they take their issues out on whoever is available to them, human or non-human, and must be caught before they act again.”
The charity pointed out that past incidents involving cruelty to animals regularly appear in the records of serial rapists and murderers.
The spokesman added that young killers such as Mary Bell, Robert Thompson and Jon Venables, as well as serial murderers Ian Huntley, Thomas Hamilton (the Dunblane massacre), Fred West, Dennis Nilsen, Ian Brady and Raoul Moat all started out by deliberately harming animals.
Anyone with information about this case is encouraged to contact Leicestershire police on 101 or Crime Stoppers on 0800 555111.