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The Cornish stallion found savagely mutilated over this month’s full moon was drugged, and may have fought ‘more than one’ attacker’.

Senior policeman Inspector Chris Strickland made a second public announcement to the BBC today (Tues) confirming unsettling theories about the sickening killing.

Insp Strickland said his detectives are seriously considering the poor horse was ritually sacrificed.

But, in an aside unlikely to comfort the hundreds of worried equestrians traumatised by the attack on Erik, and other similar deaths, he added it “could just be a nutcase”.

Erik, who was two and a half and the favourite horse of Stithians family the Jewells, had his teeth knocked out, his genitals completely removed and lost an eye.

The stomach-churning attack happened over the full moon of January 8th to 9th.

The preceding day is the apocryphal ‘Satanic Holiday’ of January 7th – a date on which respected horse breeder Rosemary Penn says she lost a gelding – in the exact same way.

And in Holsworthy, North Devon this month the Ingram family lost their stallion horse Sammy: found mutilated over the eve of Friday 13th,

Police and the RSPCA dismissed those two cases as natural causes – but are pulling no punches over the sinister death of Erik.

Detectives have found out the animal was drugged, that he fought back.

They suspect a gang of people mutilated him.

Other than that – the shocking killing remains a mystery.

All hopes are now pinned on forensics, and the result of a ‘toxicology test’, which should find out what Erik was put down with.

Investigating officer Insp Strickland told the BBC : “We are taking the investigation very seriously.

“It would be great to catch whoever did this.”

But he added: “We are no further forward.

“We’ve followed up almost all lines of inquiry and have drawn a blank.

The officer explained that while he was put down by ‘more than one person’ Erik “did struggle at some point.

He said: “Whether it was before or after they sedated him, we do not know.”

And he revealed: “I’ve had more calls from the public about this case than any other in my 24 years as a policeman.

“So I know how concerned people are about this case. For anyone to attack an animal like this is quite shocking.”

The force are now openly advising horse owners to lock down their animals.

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  1. Dan

    January 25, 2012 at 10:20 am

    If the other two horses have been dismissed and the death of Erik is a one off then why are the police asking horse owner’s to lock down the animals??? It feels like conflicting information!

  2. admin

    January 25, 2012 at 5:00 pm

    Seperate information perhaps but not really conflicting: We assume what the police are saying is that two other ‘horse-rippings’ are down to natural causes, but the concern about the killing of Erik is now sufficient for them to want to alert horse owners to check on security. They’re in a difficult position when it comes to managing this one I should think treading a line between openness and honesty about what’s happened and not driving everyone bananas with fear. Definitely an interestingt situation though isn’t it? Did you read this one
    It’s a fascinating if gruesome subject. And certainly the two other horse owners who’ve spoken to us are pretty much staking their own reputations and credibility on a complete refusal to accept natural causes, the official explanation for Sammy and Douglas.
    Where does it go from here? Apart from – hopefully – an arrest….

  3. Dan

    January 25, 2012 at 7:18 pm

    Yes i have read that link, i have also read about to poor horse that was killed in Wales in similar circumstances!
    I do hope Erik was a one off & the other 3 horses are just a strange “coincidence”! I really do feel for the owners of all these animals & i hope they catch the sick and evil people who have committed this vile crime! But if the othe 3 Horses were also killed & didn’t die of “natural causes” then there will be people going unpunished for there crimes due to the police not wanting to cause panic !!!!
    I’m not pointing the finger & i do not have all the facts that the police have, but i do think its all a little strange !!!!

  4. -julie tarbox

    January 25, 2012 at 8:20 pm

    its not very nice for any horse owner to find there much loved animal in any shape or form to be done the way these horses where find i hope they find who ever did it and do the same to them its sickning

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