Is a horse killer gang raging in France? This is what the Central Territorial Intelligence Service (SCRT) evokes in a note dated June 30, 2020. Since December 1, 2018, at least eleven cases have been identified in different departments of France, such as Puy-de- Dôme, Moselle, Yvelines or Somme. The phenomenon even seems to have increased since the start of 2020. In an interval of only fifteen days, two additional cases were counted in Seine-Maritime in June.
This group could be made up of people acting alone or in association. It is above all a sordid detail that attracts the attention of investigators: in the majority of cases, the animal is found with the right ear cut off clearly. No doubt, there is "a real desire to harm equines in general while keeping an ear as a trophy," explains the SCRT. This service, which is in particular responsible for working on the subjects of sectarian drift, adds that the perfect cut of the ear remains unexplained: "Questions arise about their authors and their real intentions: superstition, fetishism, satanic ritual, sectarian or other. "
The donkey at the Champs-Elysées Christmas market
On June 19, Loïc Crampon's donkey was found dead with his ear cut off and one eye torn off. “I immediately understood that it was criminal, I had read an article on it in the New Detective. Scipio, 14, grazed among other animals before being slaughtered in the middle of the night. "He was an extra donkey, the type to put your head on your shoulder, a real cream. It must be said that he did the Christmas market on the Champs-Elysées, so he was used to seeing people and was not wary of strangers. "
The SCRT note rightly points out that “the great majority of mutilated animals were very social and did not fear humans. That made them all the more easy prey.
Scipio killed for free by garbage (s) that cut off one ear and tore off one eye!
The facts took place in the Grumesnil sector at the level of Bois Merlet (Seine Maritime).
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Loïc Crampon assumes that these individuals knew very well: “Few people know how to handle equines, they must be well informed. "A conclusion found in the note from the SCRT:" The traces found on the nostrils suggest the use of a twitch, accessory requiring its user knowledge and skills in the equestrian world to manipulate it with efficiency. "
Among the animals targeted are horses, mares, fillies and a ponette. But also a trotter on the way to becoming "a star of racetracks", specifies the note. The brilliant career promised to Démon du Médoc was stopped on February 15, 2020 in Vendée, the day before a competition. The racehorse was estimated at 130,000 euros. This represents a financial but also an emotional loss for his trainer, Philippe Boutin. He describes to France 3 Pays de la Loire a nice horse but not easy to approach: "We can see that he tried not to get caught," he says. There are traces of slipping in the field. One person cannot do this. "
Four open investigations
Philippe Boutin immediately filed a complaint. But other cases have long been ignored by the authorities, and some may still be. Lady, Pauline Sarrazin's mare, was attacked on June 6 in the middle of the day: "The police really didn't take me seriously at the start and even told me that it must have been crows", lashes out she. “These were dead animals and the criminal track was not necessarily envisaged, recognizes Eric Maillaud, prosecutor of Clermont-Ferrand. But with the multiplication of cases, the gendarmes went on the spot to collect complaints. "In its jurisdiction, two cases are being studied:" Cross-checking between the ten or so cases recorded on the national territory are under way, "he specifies. In all, four investigations were opened for cruelty.
Pauline Sarrazin has since been involved in identifying new cases. She claims that there would actually be about twenty on French territory since 2014. She created a Facebook group, Justice for our horses, in order to bring together the victim owners and invite the equine environment to be vigilant. “The problem is that it is never the same type of equine target and never the same way of killing. The only link is the ear, she says. So it can happen to anyone, anywhere, anytime. "Loïc Crampon is also participating in this campaign so that the knowledge of new cases helps the investigators:" It is unbearable what they do to these animals, it must stop. "