Three arrested over 'horrific' Nutfield Marsh horse attack
Two men and a boy have been arrested after a horse was beaten so badly during an "horrific and prolonged attack" it had to be put to sleep.
Surrey Police said the animal was attacked on Nutfield Marsh, Redhill just before 15:00 GMT on Monday.
The animal was put to sleep by a vet because its injuries were so severe.
Two men in their 30s and a 15-year-old boy were arrested on suspicion of animal cruelty following the attack and released on bail until Thursday.
PC Alice Bennett said: "This was a horrific incident, where a defenceless animal was subjected to a prolonged attack in a public place during daylight hours."
She said officers and the RSPCA were carrying out a joint investigation.