Saturday, April 26, 2008
UK - A 12-year-old boy is now facially scarred after falling from his pony during a dog attack. Jordan Lye was riding his pony, Poppy, in Langley Park when two dogs attacked them. Nicky Barnes, his mother, said Jordan had asked the owner to put the dogs on their leads three times prior the attack -- they ignored him.
The bullmastiff and American bulldog jumped up at Poppy and bit her, which caused her to bolt. Jordan fell off into a tree, leaving him with cuts to his face. Ms Barnes said the dogs chased Poppy for a couple of miles, down a main road where she was nearly hit by two cars. She eventually stopped in an industrial estate.
Four-year-old Poppy suffered puncture wounds to the legs, lost a shoe and is now lame."It took Jordan four days to go back into the park as he was scared it might happen again. I'm worried it could happen to someone else. Jordan is now facially scarred." The police are currently investigating the incident. It is unknown if authorities have the dogs in custody.
After a spate of dog attacks on horses in the past year the British Horse Society (BHS) are calling for victims to contact them. A spokesman from the BHS said they have had an excellent response so far. The more reports we get the more we can do. "By people contacting us we can collate the information and form concrete evidence," she said.
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| 4/27/2008 10:24 AM |
Anyone in the U.S. keeping track of pit bull attacks on horses?
Also...if a game warden can legally shoot a dog for running deer, why can't we shoot a dog for attacking a horse? Why can't we shoot a dog that is running down and killing other dogs? Is the life of a deer worth more than a horse, or a dog?
| 4/27/2008 1:16 PM |
I don't know if anyone is keeping track but I have started noticing it this year. And we're not talking a bunch of hungry strays attacking livestock for food, many of these attacks are single pit bulls that attack a group of horses or break into stables. It's unreal that a dog would take on such a large animal like that. I guess it all comes down to what the breed was created for, and in this case bull baiting and dog fighting. If the dog can confuse a horse with a bull or dog, it can do the same to a child. I really don't see how people are allowed to own them without some sort of restrictions.
| 4/27/2008 2:06 PM |
The laws vary from state-to-state where wildlife is concerned, but I've never heard of any U.S. location that doesn't permit armed protection of horses, other livestock and pets.
I live in a neighborhood that has more horses than people, and our emergency call tree will usually get the first shooter to a location within minutes.
Along these lines, I read in a (now deleted) YouTube post that ranchers down south developed a similar system, and that hog hunters with pit bulls never have to wonder what happened when they find their busted tracking collars hanging on a fence post. (ha!)
| 4/27/2008 2:52 PM |
I had a friend who told me how she was attacked while riding with a friend through conservation land; a pit bull came out of no where and attacked both horses. We are not talking ponies, she had a huge warmblood. The dog latched onto the horses chest and hung on while the horse reared. She said it was terrifying.
A large horse is fairly well equipped to take on a dog...a dog-aggressive horse can kill a dog. But a pit bull is a whole different story; they will not quit.
I just wish all these different groups...the horse folks, ranchers, farmers, child protection agencies, first responders, victims of pit bull attacks, dog-lovers who have lost dogs to pit bull attacks, elder advocates...would all stand together and demand regulation of these animals.