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For some times, there are been several cases of dead horses found with a missing ear in several area of France. Two papers about it from a local newspaper. Warning there are disturbing pictures
From the Vendée to the Puy-de-Dôme, the enigma of horses found dead with one ear cut off
Last June, a dead horse with a severed ear was discovered in a meadow near Châtel-Guyon. Two other horses have been killed in the same way recently, in Moselle and Vendée.
The discovery, in mid-February, a few days apart, of two dead horses with one ear severed, the first in Moselle and the second in Vendée, moved the horse-riding world greatly. And deeply disturbed Clothilde Paret. The co-director of the National School of Animal Osteopathy in Châtel-Guyon and her teams experienced exactly the same nightmare last summer.
The sharply cut ear
On 16 June, Oasis, one of their mares, was found dead with a gaping hole in place of her right ear, in a meadow near the stables of the establishment, in Loubeyrat. The cut-out part was not found.
We were stunned. The cut of the ear was clean. Oasis still had grass in his mouth. She must have died instantly.
Clothilde Paret, co-director of the National School of Animal Osteopathy...
How did she die? Why such pre- or post-mortem mutilation? Eight months later, the mystery remains. The animal's body hasn't been autopsied. The veterinarian who examined it found no evidence of fracture or attack by a wild animal. The grass around the body was not lying down." Oasis was in a 70-hectare meadow with 50 other horses. The day before, everything was fine. »
Clothilde Paret first thought of lightning or a hunter. "But the mare was unmarked and a stray bullet would have done some damage. " Attack by another equine? "Horses don't attack like that. They'd have to be in a confined space and still... " The similarity with the equally enigmatic dramas that have recently occurred in France is in any case astonishing. On 12 February, in Moselle, a four-year-old horse was found dead, with one ear meticulously cut off, in a meadow at the Château-Salins agricultural college.
No trace of poison
Two days later, in the Vendée, the Demon Trotter of the Médoc disappeared in the same scenario, at Girouard's equestrian training centre. His body bore no marks of violent blows. "The autopsy revealed a cardio-respiratory arrest and the absence of poison in the blood," revealed Philippe Boutin, the trainer of Démon du Médoc, who filed a complaint with the gendarmerie. An investigation is underway.
For me, this can't be the work of just one person. I still had to catch my horse.
Philippe Boutin, trainer of Demon du Médoc
His protégé was a rising star on the racetrack. His tragic end resulted in a great deal of media coverage. "I didn't think it would make so much noise," says the coach. "But it's important to get the word out. It could happen to anyone. I love my horses more than anything. It's a big financial loss, but more importantly, it's an emotional one. »
For Clothilde Paret too, three mutilations in less than eight months is starting to do a lot. "Every owner knows what it's like to take care of horses. If idiots are having fun doing this kind of thing... it's not his responsibility to stay in his corner. »
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Faits divers - De la Vendée au Puy-de-Dôme, l'énigme des chevaux retrouvés morts avec une oreille découpéeEn juin dernier, un cheval mort avec une oreille sectionnée était découvert dans un pré, à proximité de Châtel-Guyon. Deux autres équidés ont été tués de la même façon dernièrement, en Moselle et en Vendée.www.lamontagne.fr
A new case of a horse found dead with one ear cut off, in Loubeyrat (Puy-de-Dôme)
A 3-year-old filly was discovered lifeless, with one ear severed, in December 2018, in Loubeyrat. A tragedy that brings to two the number of horses presenting the same mysterious wound in this commune and to four, in total, in France.
She first thought of a beast. A fox or that kind of four-legged predator that prowls the countryside. "But it doesn't seem to me that the ear is the foxes' favourite dish," Carole Gardarin thought again. So how do you explain the death and mutilation of First Avenue, one of her fillies, on December 1, 2018, at a place called "Le Colombier", in the commune of Loubeyrat? The animal was found lifeless in a meadow. Its ear was cut off cleanly.
His owner, for lack of explanation, had not divulged the tragedy. Until she discovered our article of last February 27, on this strange and macabre series of horses discovered dead, with one ear cut off, in the Puy-de-Dôme and two other departments.
First Avenue appears to have been killed in a similar manner and underwent the same ablation as Oasis, a mare from the national school of animal osteopathy in Châtel-Guyon, on 16 June 2019, a stone's throw from Le Colombier, in the commune of Loubeyrat. And according to the same modus operandi as two other equids that disappeared last February, in Moselle and Vendée.
My horse was three years old, he let himself be stroked easily. I discovered him with his head in the hay and an ear torn off. At the time, it was impressive. I didn't find any bite marks or wounds on his body.
The mystery is the same as for the three other equids attacked later, also young and in perfect health. Their corpses, apart from this gaping hole in place of the ear, bore no trace of violence. Lightning, a wild animal attack, a hunting accident? None of these hypotheses seem to hold up in the face of the initial findings.
The autopsies carried out on the horses of Moselle and Vendée did not bring more elements, except the absence of poison in the blood. More in-depth analyses are being carried out in a laboratory in Lyon. Investigations by the gendarmerie in these two departments are also continuing.
The mystery remains
Why these murders and what's the significance behind the severed ear? The work of a serial killer? Satanic ritual? There are many questions. And still unanswered.
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Faits divers - Un nouveau cas de cheval retrouvé mort avec une oreille découpée, à Loubeyrat (Puy-de-Dôme)Une pouliche de 3 ans a été découverte sans vie, avec une oreille sectionnée, en décembre 2018, à Loubeyrat. Un drame qui porte à deux le nombre de chevaux présentant la même mystérieuse blessure dans cette commune et à quatre, au total, en France.www.lamontagne.fr