Officers from Lancashire Constabulary have appealed for witnesses after a dog was stabbed multiple times at stables in Hambleton in what police believe was a targeted attack.
A second dog also suffered severe leg, and hip injuries in the incident which happened at stables on Shard Road between 8 pm on September 16th and 10 am on September 17th.
The first dog, Rocky, who is a Rottweiler, had a seven-inch wound on his side and a four-inch slit cut along his throat.
He also had stab wounds in his chest and thigh along with a broken jaw. He had to have some teeth removed as a result of his injuries.
So far, he has had two long surgeries at the vets, and he may also require a third.
The second dog, ‘Tia’ who is also a Rottweiler, was so severely beaten that she couldn’t walk on one of her front legs. When she now walks, her hips give way as a result of her injuries.
Officers have confirmed that nothing was stolen during the incident and that the attackers got into the stables by removing a padlock.
No arrests have been made, and enquiries are ongoing.
PC Stacey Billington, of Lancashire Police’s West Division, said:
“This is a brutal and sickening attack on two defenceless animals which will rightly leave the public appalled.
“We need to identify those responsible and we are asking anyone who witnessed people acting suspiciously in the area around the dates and times stated to come forward.
“We also want to hear from anybody with CCTV or dashcam footage covering the area.”
Anyone with information should email email@example.com or call 101, quoting log 0560 of September 17th, 2020.