Dog Owner Flees the Scene
Newport, UK - A woman was thrown onto a busy road after a vicious dog attacked her horse and left her badly bruised. Rider Lindsay Rusack, 45, was making her way across the fields from her home when her horse was set upon by an off-lead Staffordshire bull terrier (which is indisputably a pit bull type dog).
"It was a terrifying experience," she said. "I was screaming at the dog's owner to try and get it under control.
She said her horse was panicking and leaping closer to the busy road. "I hit the ground hard and I'm very bruised and sore, but it could have been more serious." A member of the Saffron Walden and District Riding Club, Rusack regularly competes in dressage and show jumping events, but has been left shaken by the incident.
Her husband Andrew said that the dog was out of control and biting Lindsay's horse on the legs. The horse was bucking and rearing and eventually jumped from the field onto the busy main road. She was thrown from her horse and has painful bruising to her leg, arm and side, but luckily she missed the oncoming traffic.
After the dog owner got control of the dog, he fled the scene. Police are currently trying to track the man down.
Lindsay's horse suffered bite wounds to his legs from the attack by the dog. After she was thrown from the saddle, the horse bolted up the London Road still being pursued by the Staffordshire bull terrier. Fortunately the horse found his way back home. Lindsay says, however, that it will be quite a long time before she gets back on a horse.
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