Horse faces losing eye or being put down after ‘firework went into eye’

A horse has lost his eye and could be put down after fireworks were set off in a nearby field on Bonfire Night.

The horse now faces losing an eye, or being put down due to the damage (Pic: Fubar News)
The horse now faces losing an eye, or being put down due to the damage (Pic: Fubar News)

The Aberdeen owners of the horse, named Dettori, took to social media to describe the graphic ‘irreversible damage’ which left the horse in ‘excruciating pain’.

The post which alleged that ‘part of the firework set off has gone directly into Dettori’s eye, pushed his eye so far into the socket that all the fluid has come out and filled with blood’ after a man set off a half an hour fireworks display next to a field of horses in Countesswells.

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The owners now have a heartbreaking decision - to operate and have his eye removed, or put the horse to sleep.

Police are investigating the incident (Pic: Fubar News)

The post, written by owner Charley Taylor said: “To the man that decided to set off a half an hour display of fireworks next to a field of horses, YOUR actions have directly inflicted excruciating pain and terror to our beloved Dettori. 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 have two 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 used irresponsible. 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 been committed.”

A fundraiser has now been set up for Dettori after an ‘overwhelming’ number of people offered to contribute to his treatment.

All contributions will go towards Dettori and anything above will be donated to the SSPCA, to help other animals hurt due to fireworks.

Donations can be made on the GoFundMe page.

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