Two police horses have been wounded by a dog attack whilst on duty in Chelmsford, Essex on Wednesday afternoon. The horses were chased and bitten by a dog and one was seriously injured.
The horses, named Bella and Biscuit, were on patrol in the Skerry Rise area of Broomfield, Chelmsford, when the attack happened. Bella suffered two wounds to her shoulder while Biscuit was more seriously hurt. He has a deep cut to a foreleg and has been stitched from elbow to hoof, while Bella has had stitches to the shoulder wounds and has puncture wounds on her body.
Both horses are set to be off work for at least a week.
Police are appealing for anyone who may have witnessed the incident - which took place about 3pm - to come forward.
Both the mounted police officers - Bella's rider PC Frank Pallet and Biscuit's rider PC Sarah Fisk - were thrown from their horses but were uninjured.
A dog has been seized by police and they are investigating offences under the Dangerous Dogs Act.
A 34-year-old local woman has been arrested and questioned on suspicion of having a dog dangerously out of control in a public place. She has been bailed until later this month.
Essex Police believe the dog may have been loose in the area earlier in the day.
Anyone who may have come into contact with the dog or witnessed the incident with the police horses should contact Det Sgt Wayne Norcott at Chelmsford on 0300 333 4444.