AN animal rights protection group has offered a €5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of a person who tortured and disembowelled a horse.
The animal was found dead, sliced open, and discarded in the Darndale Park area of Dublin on Wednesday.
It was horribly mutilated and had its ears cut off in what animal rights campaigners described as resembling a "ritualistic killing".
Animal Rights Action Group (ARAN) said it was offering the reward given the grotesque nature of the killing and to encourage those with information to come forward.
Spokesman for ARAN, John Carmody, said it was one of the most "grotesque, sordid and disturbing" cases he's ever dealt with.
"If this didn't happen where it did and it happened somewhere up a mountain I would say it was somewhat of a ritualistic killing," he said.
"There needs to be stiff fines and jail sentences as well as psychological evaluation for perpetrators, because people will continue to abuse animals unless something is done very soon."
Anyone with information is asked to contact Coolock garda station on 01 6664200.