Police are forced to SHOOT a horse dead in the road after it was struck by several cars and fled – before being brutally smashed into by a truck
- Horse that was hit by a car while being ridden has been shot dead by police
- Animal was struck by a truck after its rider fell off in Bankstown in Sydney’s west
- Police euthanised the horse as it lay bleeding in front of horrified drivers
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A horse has been shot dead by police in the street having been hit by several cars and a van after being spooked while on a ride.
The 35-year-old rider was taken to hospital with leg injuries when his horse was struck by a car on Stacey Street in Bankstown in Sydney’s west at about 2.30pm on Monday.
The horse then collided with a truck about 5km away after being spooked and running through traffic.
The animal has since been euthanised by police.
A horse that was hit by a car while being ridden has been shot dead by police in Sydney’s west
Upsetting footage showed the injured horse lying in the middle of the road in a pool of blood.
When asked where the horse was bleeding from by a dispatcher, a man replied: ‘Everywhere.’
The rider has been taken to Liverpool Hospital in a stable condition and police are investigating the incident.
‘The horse suffered critical injuries and was humanely euthanised at the scene,’ police said in a statement.
The horse was hit by a truck before being euthanised by police in the middle of the street