ABC attack?|shearluck|lewisoll@yahoo.co.uk|07/11/08 at 18:50:37|shearluck|xx|0|86.150.129.67|[quote]From the Ashbourne News Telegraph (UK): 2 July 2008
New-born foal is mauled to death
by TIM FLETCHER

FARMERS and animal owners are being warned to be on their guard after a
new-born foal was mauled to death in a field in Kniveton.
gruesome discovery was made by the horse's owner, Pauline Rushan, on Monday
morning, in the field she owns off Standlow Lane.

The animal enjoyed a tragically short life, having only been born a few
hours before the attack, which Mrs Rushan, 68, believes may have been
carried out by a dog.

"I went up to the fields at about 11am to check on the horses, as I had had
another foal born the day before," she said.

"I found this one, which I think was only born about three hours before.
Whatever had got it had pawed it around a bit and got it around the throat.

"There were teeth marks and puncture marks but it didn't seem to have been
badly ripped about. Then I turned it over and blood was pouring out of its
heart.

"I'm heartbroken. I've been breeding horses for more than 20 years and these
were the last two foals I planned to have. I've never had a foal killed
before - it's very upsetting."

The attack has prompted speculation that a mysterious big cat seen in the
area in recent years could have had an involvement.

As reported in the News Telegraph, last month a huge paw print was found in
mud near a footpath in Shirley, while further footprints have been sighted
in Bradley Wood and Osmaston Park.

The mystery creature was first spotted in the mid-1990s, with a further
spate of sightings in the summer of 2005 when a woman noticed a large,
black, cat-like creature with a long thin tail foraging in fields near
Ashbourne's Manor Green estate.

The beast has also been spotted diving into the River Dove near Mappleton
Bridge, attacking a hare near Dovedale, and even prowling through Ashbourne
town centre.

However, Mrs Rushan, who has been living in the area for 28 years since
moving from Cheshire with her late husband John, said the lack of claw marks
suggested to her that the attacker wasn't a cat, and that a dog running
loose was a more likely suspect.

"If there is anyone who has animals they should watch out," she said. "I
have already spoken to one farmer nearby and he said that if it can attack a
horse, it could also attack a cow.

"If someone is letting their dog run around they should remember they live
in the country, and they should keep it on a lead - especially near
livestock." [/quote]

Aparently police suspect foal play  :-X||