Pit Bull Attacks Penned Horses in Texas
Amarillo, TX - In another horse attack in Texas, an Amarillo man clung to hope as veterinarians worked to repair his horse, Shadow. Three days earlier, the mare was attacked by a pit bull that scaled a 6-foot fence surrounding Shelley's property. Doctors worked to save Shadow's left eye, which also was injured in the attack. It was too early to say whether her vision could be saved.
The pit bull was eventually captured, and owners Edwina and Jerry Lynn Ratliff agreed to have the dog euthanized -- neither owner was cited in the incident. Mr. Ratliff conceded that Boss, his dog, invaded the Shelleys' property but believes Shadow's injuries came from barbed wire fencing, not his dog.
"They talk about ripping and tearing" wounds, Ratliff said. "I don't see how a dog can do that kind of damage."
Shelley saw the dog hop his fence as he was hauling a load of hay behind his home on East Bonita Avenue. The pit bull ran straight at Misty, Shadow's filly. Shadow and the other horses encircled Misty and fought back. Shelly said the dog got kicked pretty good -- one threw him back about 20 feet. "But he kept coming back. He [the pit bull] wouldn't stop."
This wasn't the first time the dog had tried to make its way to the horses either. AC officers were called to the Shelley residence about a month ago when a dog was spotted attempting to climb the fence. That time, Shelley used a stick to get the dog off the property. A warning was issued, but no one was ticketed because it was determined that no law had been violated.
The Shelleys say they repeatedly asked the Ratliffs to raise the fence and to do more to keep Boss off their property. Ratliff said he installed sheet metal on his side of the fence and thought that would do the trick...
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