A horse in Steelstown has been left with serious wounds following an attack by youths.
One member of the 12-strong gang then threatened the horse owner, Adrian Lyle, when he confronted the crowd.
He said: “I found Patch with blood squirting out of her. When I spoke to the young people nearby one holding a knife threatened me.”
Mr Lyle continued: “She’s in that much pain she won’t let you near her.
“It’s a deep cut, the vet couldn’t stitch it up. They came with the intention to do it, it was in their mind.”
Local vet Damien Owens, who is treating Patch, said the wound was very badly infected.
“I don’t know if the horse will be much use after this,” he said.
“We can’t stitch it, so have to treat it with antibiotics and clean it out. The problem is, this time of year flies are going to keep reinfecting the wound.
“It’s going to take quite a while for it to heal, if ever.”
Mr Owens said the horse would survive.
“Whether the wound will fully heal - I couldn’t guarantee it,” he said.
“But it’s going to be a long protracted healing period.”
Mr Lyle said the vet had done his best and given the mare pain relief. He also said Patch was now “very nervous if she sees a stranger coming”.