Monday, October 27, 2008
Burnaby, CA - Last week, Sylvia Baur, was on a park trail when her horse named Jazz suddenly threw her to the ground. Baur landed on her feet and held onto the reins. That's when she saw a dog described as a pit bull hanging by its teeth off the side of her horse. Jazz was bucking and managed to kick the canine off, but it didn't end there.
"The dog just kept on coming back and attacking her," Baur said, adding the dog was limping and bleeding. "It really seemed like he was going for the kill." Baur called for help and screamed at the dog to go away, all the while scared it would attack her too. When the suspected owners showed up, they called off the dog. She said she tried to approach them, but they took off right away.
Baur described the suspected owners as a man and woman in their early 60s, while the dog had black and white patches and looked like a pit bull. Jazz is on antibiotics and has bite marks on her side. She's recovering in the barn at the horsemen's association, and the vet bills haven't come yet. "She's definitely traumatized," Baur said, adding she won't be able to ride Jazz for a long time.
The trail Baur was on is for horses and regular park users, and dogs are supposed to be on leashes. "I want to raise awareness that people need to keep their dogs on leashes. It's so dangerous with a horse," she said. Park spokesperson Frieda Schade said this was the first time she's heard of a dog attacking a horse in the area, and she's been on the job for nearly two decades.
Canada park officials need to "catch up" on the many horses in the U.S. and other countries that are attacked by pit bull type dogs. Unlike other dog breeds, pit bulls were selectively bred to attack animals and have a long history of bear and bull-baiting -- attacking large animals. Learn more about these attacks in DogsBite.org's report: Dog Attacks on Livestock and Horses January - May 2008
While a leash may have prevented this attack, DogsBite.org runs into instances when pit bulls "slip out" of their collars specifically to attack horses.
09/03/08: Pit Bull that Attacked Horses in New Zealand to Be Destroyed
05/23/08: "Wanted" Posters Go Up After Pit Bull Owner Flees Horse Attack
See all: Horse Attacks by Pit Bulls
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| 10/27/2008 6:22 AM |
I lived this nightmare, my horse was attacked and that attack lasted 20 minutes and covered a mile. The leashed pit bull mix "popped out of her collar". These attacks on horses are becoming all to frequent and we are learning from them. First, the unconfined horse will react as a prey animal and run,and may live. The horse confined in a stall or paddock frequently dies. As contrary as it seems to a horseman, the best thing we can do is let our horse go.
Second,the mental trauma of these attacks lasts a horse's lifetime, horses do not forget. Neither does the rider.
| 10/28/2008 5:46 AM |
Here's another one:
Downey was bitten on the heel of her boot, but it did not penetrate her skin, according to the report. The horse was bitten on the flank of her right hind leg and the upper part of the same limb.
The horse tried to fend off the dog by kicking and stomping at Marley, which threw Downey to the ground, the report reads. Downey's helmet was cracked, but she did not go for medical treatment. Meanwhile, the now riderless horse ran off with the dog chasing after her. Three witnesses said the dog clamped its teeth onto the horse and was hanging on while the horse ran.
| 10/29/2008 12:00 AM |
How do horse people feel about getting kicked in the teeth by these pit bull people, who basically say that horses don't matter and pit bulls are all-important?
Is there anger in the horse world?
| 10/29/2008 1:11 AM |
Possibly pit owners feel the same way about horses as they do about cats...
"Moved to my first apartment when I was like 19 years old. First night there my 2 APBT's killed my neighbors cat! Next morning the little boy was calling "here kitty kitty" I felt bad but there is no way I'm going to endanger my dogs by telling them their cat was dead. The cat went into the trash."
| 10/29/2008 4:28 PM |
I can assure the anonymous poster that there is absolute FURY in the horse world when horses and other livestock are attacked. We have taken our case to the The Farm Bureau and will take it to the American Horse Council as well. Financial losses to horsemen and farmers from bully breed attacks are just HUGE. Standing with our horses while the vet sews them back together, or even worse, when the vet puts them down to end their suffering is a knife to the soul.