Dog "Slips" Leash and Attacks
Seabrook, NH - Pokey, a 27-year old retired Arabian show horse, was attacked while in its corral behind the home by a pit bull boxer-mix owned by a next-door neighbor. The horse sustained serious wounds to its neck and upper leg, said its owners, Sally Bagley of Seabrook and her niece Robin Martin of Salisbury. The owners are now hoping she can heal properly.
The two hope the wounds will heal without infection setting in, but the gravity of the situation has shaken all involved. "The kid next door told me he was walking his dog and it got loose, and it ran and leapt at the horse's neck and bit him," Bagley said. "It took our vet two hours to treat the wounds. She was able to stitch up the neck wound, but the dog took a chunk out of Pokey's leg. She couldn't stitch it, so she packed the wound with gauze."
Martin is a dog groomer but competed with the chestnut Arabian in horse shows as a youth. "That dog could have ripped out (Pokey's) throat; she could have died," she said. "I'm a dog person, but those dogs, pit bulls, they're dangerous."
Seabrook Animal Control Officer Jeff Baillargeon said the dog's owner, 21-year old Thomas Rivers arrived at the police station Saturday night to report the incident himself -- within about a hour of the attack. The dog, named Max, slipped his leash, Rivers said, ran through a small group of trees into the horse's corral and bit the horse. Rivers was told by authorities that he was expected to pay the horse's medical bills, which may reach over $2,000.
Too bad for everyone involved that once again, a pit bull type dog "slipped" its leash and "suddenly" attacked.
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