(THE LOCAL, SWEDEN) — A farm owner in northern Sweden has been reported to police after a horse was found to have overgrown hooves measuring an “unprecedented” 50 centimeters in length.

“It’s absolutely terrible. Just awful. The inspector who made the discovery was left in a state of shock,” Helena Ahlqvist, head veterinarian in Västernorrland County, told The Local.

“The case is unprecedented. No veterinarian has ever seen anything like it before. There’s nothing like it described in any of the literature. It’s a case of the most severe animal cruelty.”

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