Dog Attack   2 comments

One of our boarders came in terribly upset this afternoon.   She and a couple of friends from the neighboring stable had been riding upriver, and one of the horses was attacked by a pit bull.  Apparently it was injured pretty badly.

We don’t know all of the details yet, but what I understand is that one of them had her dogs with her, and the pit bull attacked one of them first.  It then ran by the other riders, but instead of running off as most dogs would, it whirled, leaped to the head of one of the horses, and savaged it badly.  It’s at the vet now.

Thank goodness for cell phones; one of the ladies called the sheriff, and the deputies and Animal Control arrived and impounded the dog, which they described as a gray and white pit.  There was a man with it, who denied that it was his dog.  We heard later that it had been determined that it was.

Pit bull attacks on horses are, unfortunately, pretty common.  I was subject to one years ago, very similar to this one.  The dog came out of nowhere, slashed my horse under the belly, and bit through her upper lip.  If I hadn’t been in a place where I could let her run, there’s no telling what might have happened.

And just a couple of days ago, a pony was killed and partially eaten by a pair of pits.  They started with the head; that is a very typical attack for them.  They were bred to be fighters and bull baiters, and the nose and mouth of the bull were prime targets.

I know there are sweet gentle pits out there, and that other breeds are responsible for most dog bites; but there’s a difference between the snap of an irritated Chihuahua and a full-blown attack like this one.

My feeling are that if you must own a pit bull, even more than other dogs, you need to be sure that it is under your control at all times.  Running loose in a nature preserve is not a good idea for any dog, let alone one capable of such serious damage.

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Posted February 16, 2013 by stablewoman in Uncategorized

2 responses to “Dog Attack

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  1. Unbelievable! Hope the horse, dogs, and riders are ok.

  2. I completely agree that animal owners should try to understand containment means safety for that animal and those around it. Too often lately I hear of trail riders going to get their concealed carry license, not for humans, but for animals that attack them and their horses. And unfortunately, they are not often talking of coyotes. We have coyotes here on our own farm that will get within 20 feet of us, and go off and away. But neighboring dogs come to the property and push my own dogs limits (and they’re all rescues, from abused homes). I’ve had to resort to livestock electric fencing for my dog lots, to keep the other dogs away from mine…I’ve got them to help protect them! I hope the vet is able to help in great ways, and that the rider and horse can work together to overcome the mental challenge this accident caused. Prayers go out to them!

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