Post mortems are being carried out on two horses found dead in an Ilkeston field on Sunday afternoon.
Police are investigating the deaths after one of the animals was found to have ‘suspicious’ injuries.
Supt Gary Parkin, heading up the investigation, told the Advertiser: “The two horses were found and reported to us by a member of the public on Sunday afternoon.
“Officers arrived to find the two animals laying about 60 metres apart and quite obviously deceased.
“A vet and the owners were called and one of the horses was found to have suspicious injuries.
“At this stage we can’t go into details about the injury but after post mortem results we will have a better idea.”
Tests were being carried out on Tuesday afternoon with results expected later this week.
In the meantime Supt Parkin urged other local horse owners to be vigilant and asked the public to report anything that might help with the investigation.
He advised: “Keep a close eye on your animals and visit them as often as you can.
“If anyone has seen anything suspicious in or around fields where horses are kept then call 101.
“Where possible keep your horses in stables and be vigilant.”
Officers investigating the incident are asking anyone who was in the Quarry Hill Road area and saw anything suspicious over the weekend to call them on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.
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