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Horse dies days after dog attack

The owner of a dog which attacked and fatally injured a horse in a field in Berkshire is being sought by police.

The tan-coloured pitbull-type dog was seen chasing a Shetland pony and two horses at Fair Acres farm in Dedworth Road, near Windsor, on 27 October.

A man called the dog and was seen leaving the field with it, police said.

The owner discovered one of the horses, a thoroughbred, had suffered severe lacerations to its legs and it had to be put down five days later.

Thames Valley Police said the pony was also severely injured.

Owner distraught

The attack happened at about 1600 BST and was witnessed by a passer-by who tried to stop it before contacting the owner of the animals.

Pc Marie Herbert, investigating officer, said: "The owner of the horses is naturally distraught by what has happened.

"I am appealing to anyone who has seen a dog matching this description with its owner in or around the Broom Farm estate, or knows who this may be, to contact police as soon as possible."

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