The Guéret prosecutor's office has opened an investigation for "
serious abuse and acts of cruelty
" after the discovery of the corpse of a horse mutilated in one ear, one eye and sex in the north-west of the Creuse, said the prosecution Tuesday, December 29.
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According to prosecutor Bruno Sauvage, the equine was discovered dead on December 26 at Azérables, on the border of the Indre, with "
the left ear cut out, the left eye punctured and a significant abrasion in the sex
abuse by a human being
", he explained.
The necropsy, carried out on Monday, showed that this 22-year-old male "
also presented a very significant hematoma in the throat and a hematoma on the forehead, without cranial fracture but which could be the result of a blow with a baton
According to the examination, the mutilations to the eye and to the ear were performed “
The investigation was entrusted to the research brigade of the Creuse gendarmerie.
A wave of mutilations of horses, sometimes fatal, in particular since this summer, triggered a real psychosis in France, to the point that a dedicated investigative unit was created in mid-September, under the aegis of the judicial police of the national gendarmerie.
At the beginning of December, the gendarmerie had identified a total of nearly 500 acts of mutilation of horses in 2020, according to a source familiar with the matter.
But in only 16% of cases human action has been established, three quarters of cases being of natural origin, according to the same source.
Figures which have seriously weakened the hypothesis of a vast criminal phenomenon.
In the United States, Great Britain or Germany, where waves of equine mutilation have been noted in the past, long and thorough investigations have concluded that most injuries were accidental or caused post-mortem by scavengers ( fox, raven ..).