A Florida horse named Sunny has seen some dark times recently. The Levy County Sheriff’s Office is investigating after the horse was violently cut and burned late Friday in a horrific case of animal abuse, the third such attack against the horse in one month, MyFOXOrlando reported.

The owners of Beauty’s Haven Farm and Equine Rescue, Inc., where the 15-year-old Palomino lives in Ocala, Fla., say Sunny is one of two horses saved from an auction the day before Easter.

Beauty’s Haven owners found the fresh wounds on Sunny on Saturday morning, which appeared to have been caused by a whip or a blunt instrument, MyFOXOrlando reported.

Sunny also suffered from cigarette burns on his skin, and had a large scrape on his shoulder. The shoulder wound may have been self-inflicted as the horse attempted to escape the abuse.

A veterinarian treated Sunny’s wounds, and the horse is currently recovering. Beauty’s Haven owner Theresa Batchelor does not understand why anyone would want to hurt the horse.

“He has a lot of sore spots,” Batchelor told MyFOXOrlando. “There was a lot of swelling that came up yesterday. We bring him here to protect them. This isn't suppose to happen."

According to Batchelor, Sunny’s wounds are similar to those inflicted on a pony a few months ago. Investigators are looking into a possible link, MyFOXOrlando reported.

Security lights have been installed at Beauty’s Haven, and the owners plan to install an electric fence around the property to prevent further attacks.

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