Arrest over killing of miniature horse Star

A man will appear in the Dunedin District Court today in relation to the stabbing of a miniature horse in Waitati earlier this year.

A 49-year-old man has been arrested and charged with cruelty to an animal in relation to an incident where a miniature pony named Star was stabbed 41 times while tethered to a fence.

After being stabbed in a vicious attack in his Waitati paddock at midnight on Sunday, miniature...
Star was treated by Otago Equine Hospital veterinarians Peter Gillespie and Stephanie Bransgrove after the attack but later died. PHOTO: GREGOR RICHARDSON

The attack is thought to have happened about midnight on February 18 in a paddock near the corner of Brown and Pitt Sts.

The 10-year-old horse died the following night.

The horse's wounds. Photo: Supplied
The horse's wounds. Photo: Supplied

Detective Sergeant Chris Henderson ,of Dunedin, said police would like thank members of the public who came forward and offered information that assisted in the investigation.

In the days after the attack, Dunedin Mayor Dave Cull said the incident was of "grave concern" for the community.

Star's owner told the Otago Daily Times her family and community were relieved an arrest had been made after what had been four “long'' months since the killing.

On February 19 after finding out her beloved pet had died from its wounds she told the ODT: "I'm so angry ... and the thing that was getting me through this was that the little guy was going to pull through," she said.

'One of those tiny little cuts actually perforated his bowel and they came in this morning and he was dead.

"A *** lunatic with a knife is in our community and killed a little baby horse."