Loose Dogs Attack Minis
Saline County, AR - A woman is warning people of dangerous dogs that she says viciously attacked and killed her miniature horses. Jennifer Ahart says the sheriff's office called this a civil case, so she's taking her complaint to the prosecutor's office, hoping to raise awareness of vicious dogs in the area.
Ahart had been saving up to buy two miniature horses, Prince and Thunder. But just after she brought them home, she and her husband awoke to a nightmare. "He ran out and saw the dogs and saw thunder on the ground. I mean it wasn't just puncture marks and bite marks, they literally ate through those horses."
There is no mention of dogs breeds, but we've only run across one that consistently eats through horses: pit bulls.
Ahart confronted neighbors down the street who she believed owned the pack of dogs. She says the neighbors claimed the dogs, until Ahart told them what happened. Then they changed their story and said they were stray dogs that they "just fed." (DogsBite.org hears this same story all too often from pit bull owners, even in fatality cases: Rosalie Bivins and Jimmie McConnell).
Ahart plans to file a lawsuit in the future, because she wants to make sure something like this never happens again. "If dogs can do this to a 200-250 pound horse, they can do it to any child riding a bike or playing in the yard. It's no different than having a killer in the neighborhood; you never know when they're going to strike."
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