Brisbane Residents Fear Animal Serial Killer Is On The Loose
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Brisbane animal owners have been left shocked and terrified by the gruesome discovery of a local horse who had been "precisely" mutilated by an unknown killer.
The horrific crime has prompted many Upper Coomera residents to send their own horses away into hiding, fearing that this is only the beginning of a spree of animal murders.
Carolyn Jeffrey, 52, came across her 21-year-old Arab cross Appaloosa, called Angie, in a dam at the back of her property on Courtney Road; all four of the horse's legs had been severed with "perfect precisioning" around the knee and hock joints.
"I honestly have never ever seen anything like this," said Gold Coast RSPCA inspector Sommer Crilley - who then admitted to the Gold Coast Bulletin that she would have "packed her bags and left the area by now".
"The whole scene was confusing - nothing made sense. It was gruesome.
"We had a dead horse with its legs severed and there wasn't one drop of blood.
"The precision that those cuts were made in, it was mirror image on each leg.
"They were clean cuts from a person who knew exactly what they were doing."
Ms Jeffrey realised her horse was missing on Thursday when she returned from a trip to Brisbane, and said that she was afraid it was only the beginning of a streak of killings.
"Everyone on the street is hiding their horses - we are all terrified.
"We're all saying, 'Is there someone in our neighbourhood chopping animals for fun?'
"I had to move my three other horses elsewhere. People want answers."
A similar "horse ripping" phenomenon in both the US and Europe saw a string of horse mutilations believed to have been sexually motivated.
Even more disturbingly, the lack of blood means that the animal was killed - presumably injected with something - before the butchering began.
And that means that there's probably more than one perpetrator.
"Hypothetically, even if there was someone who knew how to inject a horse, nine times out of 10 you're going to need another person there to hold it," Ms Crilley continued.
"I would have to say there were at least two people involved.
"We desperately need help from the public."
Anyone who has any information is urged to come forward to RSPCA Queensland; the Cruelty Complaints hotline can be reached on 1300 852 188 or 1300 ANIMAL.