July 25, 2013
- Genitals, ear and tongue sliced during what is thought to be a satanic ritual
- There are fears the stricken animal may have been alive during its ordeal
- The pony was found in a remote part of Devon National Park on Tuesday
- Patches of burned grass surrounded it and it had white paint on it’s leg
A Satanic cult has been blamed for the sickening death of a pony, which was found horrifically mutilated and laying in the remnants of a ring of fire after full moon.
Police are investigating after the young male had its genitals, right ear and tongue sliced off, and eyes gouged out. It is thought the animal may have been alive when the atrocities were committed.
Its belly was hacked open and the young pony also had traces of white paint on one of its legs, suggesting it was killed as part of a bizarre ceremony.
It was also surrounded by circular patches of burnt moorland, which experts believe were left by a ring of torches or candles.
The two-month old pony seemed to have been dragged into a clearing and placed at the foot of a slope to face the previous night’s full moon.
It was found on Tuesday morning by a horse rider at Yennadon Down, a remote, area of Devon National Park.
Animal welfare officers are investigating and police have appealed to the public to be extra vigilant.
Horse carers believe the butchery was part of an evil occult or Pagan ceremony by Devil worshippers.
Dartmoor’s Livestock Protection Officer Karla McKechnie said: ‘We do get strange things happening from time to time, normally when its a full moon.
‘I’ve come across strange circles in the ground, boulders used as altars, that sort of thing, but thankfully animal mutilations are rare.
‘I suspect its witches or devil worshippers but it’s always hard to get to the bottom of it.
‘My main concern is how someone has been able to walk up to a foal and kill it in the middle of the night.I’m almost certain more than one person was involved.’
South West Equine Protection’s Jenny Thornton believed Dartmoor ponies had become so used to being fed by humans they were now easy targets.
She said: ‘I’ve seen plenty of dead animals but this was horrendous.