Ponies' tails hacked off at Elizabeth Park

Posted at 10:49 PM, Apr 13, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-14 05:09:14-04

Trenton Police are looking for the person responsible for cutting off the tails of three ponies and a horse at Elizabeth Park.

It happened sometime before 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday afternoon. The equines are kept at Elizabeth Park and are used in the pony ride program.

The case could turn into an animal cruelty case because all four of the animals will suffer when summer arrives.

Their owner, Nicole West, said it will also take a while for ponies to get their tails back.

"Its going to take a least a year to get the full length back, all of their tails were just above the ground, we like to keep them so they have a nice thick tail,” said West.

Now, all four of the tails are hacked off in the middle. West is not sure why this happened.

"I've had a lot of questions, is anyone mad at you? Not that I know of. Do you think people sold it for hair or violin strings? I don't know,” said West.

West said she does know that horse hair can be sold for a lot of money. All four tails do have something in common.

"All the same color tails, all the blondes,” said West.

She said, while they are not in any physical pain without their tails, they will suffer this summer.

"During the summer, horses absolutely need their tails to keep off mosquitoes, bugs, flies, any biting insect that they have to use their tails to swat it away,” said West.

She plans to stock up on fly spray and buy the horse and ponies fly sheets for the season.

"I hope that someone who has a big heart for animals, especially horses, if they hear about this, they would say something to someone,” said West.

If you know something, call Trenton Police (734) 676-3825.