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Reykjavík Police Investigate Alleged Horse Abuse

The Reykjavík Metropolitan Police have launched an investigation into the alleged abuse of mares on the land of Medalfell in Kjós. Two of these incidents were discovered on July 10 and one on September 11. One case from last winter has also been reported.


Icelandic police officers. Copyright: Icelandic Photo Agency.

In all cases the mares had suffered cuts to their reproductive organs. “It is a disgusting act and the police will do all in their power to solve it,” Superintendent Árni Thór Sigmundsson told Fréttabladid.

Investigators have called for information from veterinarians and the horses’ owners. Veterinarian Gunnar Örn Gudmundsson could not confirm to Morgunbladid that the injuries had been caused by a human act. “The case is under investigation and it is yet to be proven whether the cuts were a result of a deliberate human act.”

The mare that was discovered with wounds earlier this month is 19 years old and Gudmundsson said it will fully recover. “The wound was inside the genitals and there was some risk of it causing infection. The mare was visibly unwell but is recovering.”

The police encourage horse owners to follow their animals as closely as possible, as well as people and vehicles around pastures, and phone 112 if there is suspicion of abuse. It is important that investigators can inspect the scene and circumstances immediately.

The police also ask those who might have information on these incidents to contact them by calling (+354) 444-1190 during office hours and (+354) 444-1180 at other times.

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