Saturday, November 22, 2008
Willits, CA - Two pit bulls killed three miniature horses and badly maimed a fourth on November 9, in the back yard of Mike and Kerri Griggs' home. The four mares were being kept in their yard, away from the rest of the Junior Bear Ranch herd, having just been weaned from their foals. Only the heroic efforts of a worker separated the dogs from the fourth badly injured mare. He grabbed both the dogs, dragged them off the mare and tied them up.
"The dogs tore the tendons from the rear legs of the mares, disabling them and shredding their legs. The pit bulls then ripped the ears and noses from the small horses, as well as viciously biting and slashing them."Two of the mares died of their injuries; the third was immediately put down due to her injuries. Veterinarian Sheri Cronin received the emergency call on her way to church and rushed to tend the surviving and badly injured mare, named Eee. Cronin, with the assistance of neighbors who came to help, worked tirelessly on Eee, hoping to save the mare's life. In the days since the attack, Eee has stabilized, and barring complications is expected to live.
"One of the horses killed was our kids' special horse," says Kerri Griggs. Fortunately, her young children did not witness the horror of the attack. "It could have been my children," says Griggs. "It happened in our back yard. The dogs weren't hungry, they were just roaming and killing. If they attack horses, why wouldn't they attack children?" Notably, the dogs had big collars -- indicating ownership -- but otherwise lacking in identification.
Agriculture Commissioner Dave Bengston next addresses several key issues, the last in which we address in our report: Dog Attacks on Livestock and Horses.
- Bengston said he has become increasingly concerned about the number of dogs set free by marijuana growers. A wildlife trapper in the north county told him he had recently trapped or killed 90 pit bulls that were killing sheep or cattle.
- Bengston said that dogs do not have to maim the livestock to damage them. "The law recognizes dogs worrying livestock is a problem. Chickens, rabbits and even sheep can fall over and have heart attacks in fear if a small dog bothers them," he said.
- Bengston also pointed out, "Sometimes people who just move to the county acquire dogs and let them run free, unaware they can harm livestock." He believes attacks have increased for the county as more people from the city moved into the area.
California has suffered a number of attacks on horses by pit bulls. For the few that reach newspapers, likely many others do not. DogsBite.org has recorded several in the past 8 months including: Apple Valley and Auburn.
10/13/08: Apple Valley Attack: Pony Attack Victim Shares Photos
10/05/08: Killer Dogs Euthanized After Week Long Rampage in Apple Valley
04/23/08: Another Horse Attacked by Pit Bull Near Auburn
04/11/08: Pit Bull Attacks Horse in Classic Bull Baiting Form
See all: Horse Attacks by Pit Bulls
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| 11/23/2008 9:45 PM |
Why aren't pit bull advocates DEMANDING that these feral pit bulls get "rehabilitated" via tax-paying funds so that the animals can be adopted back into our communities? Why aren't they demanding that each trapped, dead pit bull at least get a formal burial? If pit bulls trained and bred for fighting can be rehabilitated, why not feral pit bulls? Who knows if the dogs are truly feral? The definition of feral is being "born in the wild," which is not the same as being human owned then set loose into the wild. Surely some of these animals have an ounce of adoptable value:-)
| 12/02/2009 8:45 AM |
This 'trend' in attacks by dogs on horses has now reached the UK, sadly.
My horse was attacked on both hind legs requiring a visit by the vet just a few months ago.
A local rider also experienced an attack in which an owner's dog (bit bull type)'broke loose' whilst out walking on a bridleway' The dog chased the horse 'like a hyena' a witness reported- when it caught up at the fleeing horse and rider it made a grab for the n/s front leg and shoulder, resulting in 17 stitches- horse and rider loss of confidence- and a more expensive vet bill than mine.
The owner said 'the rider was out of control' Yeah Right!
No satisfaction from the police (who said it involved too much paper work)..and there 'no answer' when I tried to call the 'dog warden' who we were passed on to.
I'd like these vicious dogs to put be put in pits together with their irresponsible owners.