Kingsport, TN - In November 2007, two pit bulls attacked and killed Lisa Gilreath's horse named Scarlette. The pit bulls attacked the horse in its stall and the ensuing battle spread across the pasture. By the time Lisa's father-in-law arrived with a gun, Scarlette was already down. She said the pit bulls "ripped her horse to shreds." When the deputy arrived, the pit bull owner gave him permission to shoot and kill both dogs.
In the video, Gilreath words cut straight to the chase: "The seriousness of having dogs like pit bull terriers, they are bred to do exactly what they did last night. No matter how sweet and innocent they may look, at other times...we were out here Thanksgiving feeding the horses and my children were leaning over the fence petting the dogs. Yet, given circumstances or opportunity, they can do exactly what they did last night."
Scarlette was valued at $3,500. The dog owners, John C. Smith and Ray Ward, were cited into Hawkins County Sessions Court for allowing dogs to run at large.
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