Loose Dogs Strike Again in Lubbock
Lubbock, TX - A pair of dogs killed a miniature horse in south Lubbock County, bringing the animal death count from dog attacks up to at least 23 this year. The dogs -- a Lab mix and the other described as a chocolate brown mix of Lab and pit bull -- attacked 3-month-old Minnie in the 1600 block of CR 7340, which is near where two pigs were killed by dogs about three weeks ago.
The first dog was shot and later euthanized. "The more aggressive one got away," the horse's owner said, who was concerned about children playing in the area.
Ricky Martinez, the owner's son, said a full-size horse saved the other miniature horse's life. After the dogs attacked Minnie, they headed into the stable area, where the bigger horse charged to protect Mickey.
Mickey was shaken up on Monday and wouldn't leave the bigger horse's side, Martinez said. Minnie was also a new addition to the Martinez home. The family got her last week for their four grandchildren. "The kids are in shock," he said. "They loved that horse... She was a beautiful horse, gentle."
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