An animal welfare group is offering a £2,500 reward for help catching a horse killer.
Earlier this month two-year-old Honey was found dead in her field in Syston with slash injuries to her head and the rest of her body.
Peta, the international animal rights charity, today warned that the attacker is a threat to everyone and that their violent behaviour is “likely to escalate” if they are not stopped.
Spokewoman Elisa Allen asid: “It is imperative that any community faced with a sadistic and violent act such as this take measures to find the culprit or culprits and bring them to justice.
“Animal abusers are a danger to everyone – they take their issues out on whoever is available to them, human or non-human, and must be caught before they act again.
“History shows that past incidents involving cruelty to animals regularly appear in the records of serial rapists and murderers.
“Young killers Mary Bell, Robert Thompson and Jon Venables as well as serial murderers Ian Huntley, Dunblane killer Thomas Hamilton, Fred West, Dennis Nilsen, Ian Brady and Raoul Moat all started out by deliberately harming animals.”
Honey had been in a field off Potters Lane, Syston, when the attack happened between 6.15pm on Sunday, September 6, and 10.30am the following day.
Her owner, Claire Watts told the Mercury she was horrified to see her mutilated horse on the Monday morning.
She said: “I could not believe what I was seeing. It’s barbaric, the most disgusting thing I’ve ever seen in my life.
“Her right ear and some of the right side of her face were cut off and there were lacerations all over her body.”
Peta has offered to pay the £2,500 in return for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or people responsible for the blade attack that resulted in the death of Honey.
Anyone with information about this case is encouraged to contact the police on 101 or Crime Stoppers on 0800 555 111.