Police are investigating after a horse was found dead in a field by its distraught owner.
The two-year-old filly chestnut cob sustained multiple injuries in the incident, on Potters Lane, Syston, off the Fosse Way.
The attack was believed to have taken place sometime between 6.15pm on Sunday and 10.30am on Monday.
A spokesperson for Leicestershire police said: “The distraught owner discovered the two-year-old filly chestnut cob which had sustained multiple injuries and called officers shortly afterwards.
“There were three other horses in the field that remained unhurt.
“Officers are investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of the horse.”
Police are appealing for witnesses. Anyone who knows who was responsible or who has heard someone talking about an attack on a horse is asked to contact police with any information they have about the incident by dialling 101.