Pit Bulls Deemed Dangerous and Put Down
Spokane Valley, WA - On February 28, 2007, a racehorse named, Drink the Wind, was attacked by two pit bull terriers. The horse was so badly injured that it had to be euthanized. The dogs were ordered destroyed after they were deemed to be dangerous.
Drink the Wind, won 22 races during his career at Spokane's former Playfair Race Course. He was 33 years old and in failing health. The dogs' owner was cited for allowing dangerous dogs to run at large. Both dogs were impounded at the regional shelter, where they were to be euthanized. The horse's owners, Bob and Leigh Ann Lightfoot, said laws regarding dangerous dogs are too lenient.
The pit bulls attacked the horse in its pasture after breaking out of their fenced yard a block away. They grabbed on to the horse's neck and muzzle, pulling the stunned animal to the ground before mauling its face and neck. The dogs' owner, Mike Schelin Jr., was apologetic. "I'm really sorry it happened," Schelin said. "I feel bad about it, but dogs will be dogs, I guess."