A horse was shot in the eye with a longbow bolt in what has been described as a “wicked attack on a friendly and sociable little chap”.

The longbow bolt went through Widget’s eye socket and into his nasal cavity.

The colt, called Widget, was discovered with the bolt still in the wound in a field off Bedmond Road, Abbots Langley, Hertfordshire, on 18 June and has been taken to the RVC for treatment.

RSPCA deputy chief inspector Mel Fisher said the longbow bolt went through the animal’s eye socket and into his nasal cavity, but had not hit anything vital.

She said: “It is hoped he won’t lose his eye, but it’s too early to know for sure.

“This was a wicked attack on a friendly and sociable little chap. If anyone saw anything, please contact police or the RSPCA.”

Overwhelmed by support

Widget’s owner Hannah Dorsett said: “The team at the RVC is taking fantastic care of Widget and is hopeful he won’t lose his eye, which is amazing.

“At the moment, they are taking all precautions to make sure the wound doesn’t get infected or cause an abscess, but it’s been mentioned I may be able to take him home at the end of the week.”

It is hoped Widget won’t lose his eye, but it’s too early to know for sure.

She said she had been overwhelmed by support from people on social media.

“I would like to thank all those who have sent me kind messages of support and RSPCA inspector Mel Fisher who organised the vets and transportation for Widget,” she said.

“It’s testament to her that he received treatment so quickly and is recovering so well.”

Police appeal

Detective Sergeant Dan Stoddard, of Hertfordshire’s Three Rivers Local Crime Unit, said: “This appears to be senseless, cruel crime and we are doing all we can to find the person responsible. If you saw anyone acting suspiciously around the field, we would like to hear from you as soon as possible.”

  • Anyone with information should telephone the RSPCA on 0300 123 8018, police via the non-emergency number 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.
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