Two large cuts to the legs of a horse in a remote field in Scotland were deliberately inflicted, police say.
The Lothians and Scottish Borders Police are appealing to the public for information after the attack in Hawick.
The incident happened between Monday, July 28, and Tuesday, July 29, in a field near the Troweknowes Farm.
The horse suffered two large leg cuts which needed veterinary treatment.
“These injuries were not sustained accidentally and this incident is being treated as a deliberate act of cruelty,” Inspector Carol Wood said.
“Anyone who remembers seeing any suspicious activity around the Troweknowes farm area of Hawick between Monday and Tuesday is asked to contact police immediately.
“Given the fairly remote location of the field, those responsible most likely travelled by vehicle and we would also urge anyone with information that can help us progress this line of enquiry to get in touch.”
Those with information can contact Police Scotland on 101, or the charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555. 111.