The owner of a miniature horse that went missing in February has confirmed it has died in a Facebook post.
Hawk, a two-year-old palomino pinto gelding, was reported missing from a New Plymouth property on February 21. Its owners at the time believed Hawk had been stolen.
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Hawk's owner, Ayla McGowan confirmed on Facebook on Monday morning that the horse was found with a broken neck.
"No he was not in his paddock," Ms Mcgowan explained, "his neck was broken and I do not believe it was an accident."
She said she believed there had been foul play involved in Hawk's death.
"Things don't add up and that's all I can say."
When Hawk first went missing, Ms Mcgowan appealed on social media for sightings, and she had contacted Police and many animal groups in the area for help.
She said she was in shock after hearing the news of his death.
"I lost the most sweetest genuine little soul from my life and it hurts like hell. I am human with a huge heart and this loss has hit me like a tonne of bricks."
Waikato Police posted to Facebook on February 25 asking for public help to find the horse. It was shared over 4000 times and got hundreds of likes and comments from other concerned members of the public.
Hawk's death comes just a few weeks after a miniature horse in Otago died from 41 stab wounds.