3 Apr 2019

Miniature horse stabbing: Police carry out searches

3:25 pm on 3 April 2019

Police in Dunedin have carried out searches in the ongoing investigation of a miniature horse which was stabbed 41 times.

After being stabbed in a vicious attack in his Waitati paddock at midnight on Sunday, miniature horse Star recovers with Otago Equine Hospital veterinarians Peter Gillespie and Stephanie Bransgrove.

Miniature horse Star recovers with Otago vets Peter Gillespie and Stephanie Bransgrove. Photo: Otago Daily Times / Gregor Richardson and Peter Gillespie

The 10-year-old animal Star was stabbed more than four times in his paddock overnight on 17 February and died the following day.

Police have a team of investigators working on the case.

Officers last week carried out searches in locations in Waitati, including the paddock and surrounds where Star was kept the night he was attacked.

Police have asked anyone with any information to come forward.

SPCA chief executive Andrea Midgen described it as one of the worst cases of animal cruelty she had heard about.