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A man accused of stabbing a miniature horse 41 times has been granted name suppression.
The 49-year-old appeared in the Dunedin District Court this morning accused of "willfully ill-treating an animal namely Star the miniature horse by stabbing it multiple times causing it to die".
Duty lawyer Max Winders said an application for legal aid had been filed and he applied for name suppression on the basis that identity may be an issue at trial.
Judge Dominic Flatley granted suppression until the defendant's appearance next month.
A bail application may be heard before then.
The 10-year-old horse died the following night.
Detective Sergeant Chris Henderson ,of Dunedin, yesterday thanked members of the public who came forward and offered information that assisted in the investigation.
Star's owner Mandy Mayhem-Bullock 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.
"One of those tiny little cuts actually perforated his bowel and they came in this morning and he was dead."
The defendant will be back in court on July 4.
The charge carries a maximum penalty of five years' imprisonment or $100,000.