Wednesday, March 5, 2008
Swindon, UK - Tracey Johnson was thrown from her horse as a pit bull leapt up at it repeatedly biting and clawing at the horse's stomach. "It was an absolute bloodbath," Tracey said. "I have never seen anything like it. I just kept screaming over and over again: Please get away from my horse, please get off Hattie!"
In classic pit bull owner behavior, the dog-walker, a man in his 50s, apparently stood by and did nothing during the attack (for 25 minutes).Holding back her tears, Tracey said: "I screamed, I pleaded but he just stood there and watched. It was the most horrific thing I have ever seen." When there was no sign of the 25-minute attack coming to an end, Tracey called 999.
The terrified horse eventually bolted towards the road -- the dog still clinging on to her underbelly by its teeth. She was found back at her stables bleeding heavily and with her attacker sitting injured and panting nearby. The horse was given emergency surgery to close her gaping wounds and has been left with 16 stitches.
Rescuers took Tracey to the hospital where she was treated for a twisted pelvis, torn ligaments in her legs, and back and wrist injuries. She says the incident has left her terrified and reluctant to allow her children to ride their Shetland pony Tara along the path. Tracey has no idea how long it will be before she rides again.
In other news:Staffordshire Bull Terrior Kills Yorky
Wales, UK - When the UK Dangerous Dog act passed in 1991, it outlawed the breeding and sale of pit bull terriers, Japanese Tosas, the Dogo Argentinos and the Fila Brasileiros. Staffordshire bull terriers, which can weigh up to 40lb, are not covered by the act.
Brinley Davies, from Gwynedd Avenue in Townhill, who suffered hand injuries in the incident, said he was walking his dog at around 11pm on Thursday when the attack happened.
"This Staffordshire appeared from nowhere. At first I thought it was just going to sniff Tiza, but then it went for him and locked its jaws around his throat. Its strength was amazing.Faced with the loss of his own dog, and that he could not help save him, Davies is also concerned that the crazed dog has not been located. That dog, he thinks, could strike again with even more tragic consequences.
Labels: Horse Attack
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