Horse Attack Sparks Outrage
UPDATE 2/2/08: The four little horses that survived a pit bull attack are doing better. But the attack that left wounds and bite marks over much of their bodies has sparked outrage within a community that has suffered too many pit bull attacks recently.
Kevin Overstreet, Animal Services director, said he has received dozens of calls from residents asking, "What can we do to ban pit bulls in the city of Lubbock?"
The city of Lubbock cannot easily ban a specific breed. Texas state law prohibits such action. Lillian's Law, a state law that went into effect last year, holds owners more responsible for dog attacks against humans. But the new law does not include attacks on other animals. Sadly, the owners of the pit bulls that attacked the horses will not face criminal charges.
2/1/08: Pit Bulls Attack Five Miniature Horses, Killing One
Lubbock, TX - Two pit bulls went on a violent rampage, killing one miniature horse, and seriously injuring four others. The horses are part of Hearts and Hooves of Lubbock, a non-profit organization that brings them to people who need therapeutic healing. The horse owner, Kauli Sparks said she got a knock on her door that morning.
"There are some dogs attacking your horses," said the neighbor.
It was a scene Kauli Sparks was not prepared to find. Four of her miniature horses bleeding profusely from their necks, ears and hind legs. Sparks quickly realized one miniature was missing. Oreo, which was one of the larger miniature horses, was actually dead in the stall. Sparks was outraged and confused.
"To think two dogs could do this to five horses is unbelievable to me." she said.
The two pit bulls were trapped in the barn and animal control found a microchip in one of the dogs identifying the owner's address. Overstreet says they have been called out to that address in the past. The dogs were signed over to be euthanized. Authorities are checking state law to find out if the dogs' owners will be held criminally for this attack.
Veterinary expenses will cost thousands of dollars. A fund has been set up for the Hearts and Hooves Organization at Security State Bank or you can make donations at HF&C Feed at 7811 W. 82nd.
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