A sex-related assault on a pregnant mare is being investigated by deputies in Wisconsin, with the local sheriff urging horse owners to be vigilant.
Waupaca County Sheriff Brad Hardel said the incident, near the Township of Lebanon, was reported to his office late on Sunday afternoon.
A man reported that his five-year-old pregnant mare had been injured in a suspicious attack.
He told officers that the horses were acting as if they had been spooked on Sunday afternoon and he went to their pasture to investigate. He found the mare injured and bleeding.
He called a veterinarian to treat the injured horse.
“The vet determined that the horse was injured during a sexual assault,” Hardel said.
The horse’s owner believed the assault could have occurred overnight on Saturday. The owner said the horse had been acting normally on Saturday afternoon.
The mare and unborn foal are expected to survive.
Hardel said his office had made contact with a person of interest and the investigation was continuing. No-one has been taken into custody.
“Horse owners should be vigilant about keeping watching over their horses and should notify their local law enforcement agency if they see something suspicious,” he said.
Anyone who saw anything suspicious, or strange vehicles parked in the area around Crain Road, a half-mile east of Highway T, near the Twosnhip of Lebanon, is asked to call the sheriff’s office at 715-258-4466.