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Three Mares Injured by Animal Abuser

Three mares which were in a pasture in the rural district Kjós, southwest Iceland, are believed to have fallen victim to an animal abuser. Their reproductive organs had been cut and one of the mares was so badly injured that it could have bled to death.


Icelandic horses. Photo by Geir Ólafsson.

The owners of the mares have filed charges over the incident, Fréttabladid reports. They said that they had gone to check on foals in the pasture in early July. Then they noticed that one of the mares had a cut below her tail.

Another mare also had a cut but it was minor. The mare who had suffered the more severe injuries was taken to the veterinarian. The wound was long and deep and had to be stitched.

On Sunday last week the owners went back to the pasture to remove the horseshoes from their horses. They noticed that the tail and hind legs of a third mare was bloody.

Upon further inspection they saw that the blood came from its reproductive organs and so they immediately brought her to the veterinary hospital in Vídidalur, Reykjavík, where it was treated and kept under medical care for several days.

The mare which suffered the worst injuries was very tame and so it could easily be approached by strangers while the others were rather timid in nature.

“It was very sweaty and shaking when they arrived with it and it could simply have bled to death,” veterinarian Lísa Bjarnadóttir said of the mare with the worst injuries.

“I find it unlikely that it could have been caused by anything other than a human act, judging by the injuries, but it cannot be confirmed while nothing has been proven,” Bjarnadóttir said. She urges horse owners to keep a close watch on their animals.

Two other cases like these have occurred in Iceland in recent months.

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