A horse was left in excruciating pain, terror and has lost its eye after allegedly being struck by a firework – and may even need to be put down following the ordeal.
It is claimed that the male horse, named Dettori and based in Aberdeenshire, was hit in the face by a rogue firework on Bonfire Night near Countesswells, suffering severe damage to his eye.
The distressed owners of the animal have shared their story on social media both to raise awareness of the danger of fireworks to animals – and also to help track down the culprit.
Describing the incident online, the furious owners wrote: "To the man that decided to set off a 30min display of fireworks next to a field of horses.
"YOUR actions have directly inflicted excruciating pain and terror to our beloved Dettori."
They went on: "YOUR awful actions have meant that a part of the firework you set off has gone directly into Dettori’s eye, pushed his eye so far into the socket that all the fluid as came out and filled with blood.
"YOUR actions have meant that our horse only has 2 options.
"Dettori can be put to sleep, or he can go for an operation to get his eye removed. In the words of our vet, 'the damage is so severe it is irreversible'.
"This is the reality me and my mum are faced with after YOUR horrific choice to set fireworks off next to a field full of horses.
"After confronting the man about the disgusting incident, no remorse was shown, the police have been contacted and a file has been raised in the hope he has to face up to his actions.
"As you can imagine we were so distraught as to what had happened, the photos are not very clear.
"However, both me and my mum feel it was important to share the message as to why fireworks are so dangerous, especially when they are reckless.
"I hope what has happened to Dettori as awful as it is, prevents something like this happening to someone’s else horse.
"We are still unsure as to the outcome; we are waiting to see how Dettori handles the trauma he has been inflicted, and as you can imagine he is very stressed.
"PLEASE think about your actions and the consequences they have on others. If it were not for our friends at the yard, we would not have found Dettori until the morning. No animal deserves this."
A Police Scotland spokesperson said: "Around 9.45pm on Thursday, 5 November, we received reports that a horse had been injured within a field on Blacktop Road in Countesswells.
"Officers attended and enquiries are ongoing to establish if any crime has committed."