Dog Clamps and Holds On
Burnaby, CA - Last week, Sylvia Baur, was on a park trail when her horse named Jazz suddenly threw her to the ground. Baur landed on her feet and held onto the reins. That's when she saw a dog described as a pit bull hanging by its teeth off the side of her horse. Jazz was bucking and managed to kick the canine off, but it didn't end there.
"The dog just kept on coming back and attacking her," Baur said, adding the dog was limping and bleeding. "It really seemed like he was going for the kill." Baur called for help and screamed at the dog to go away, all the while scared it would attack her too. When the suspected owners showed up, they called off the dog. She said she tried to approach them, but they took off right away.
Baur described the suspected owners as a man and woman in their early 60s, while the dog had black and white patches and looked like a pit bull. Jazz is on antibiotics and has bite marks on her side. She's recovering in the barn at the horsemen's association, and the vet bills haven't come yet. "She's definitely traumatized," Baur said, adding she won't be able to ride Jazz for a long time.
The trail Baur was on is for horses and regular park users, and dogs are supposed to be on leashes. "I want to raise awareness that people need to keep their dogs on leashes. It's so dangerous with a horse," she said. Park spokesperson Frieda Schade said this was the first time she's heard of a dog attacking a horse in the area, and she's been on the job for nearly two decades.
Canada park officials need to "catch up" on the many horses in the U.S. and other countries that are attacked by pit bull type dogs. Unlike other dog breeds, pit bulls were selectively bred to attack animals and have a long history of bear and bull-baiting -- attacking large animals. Learn more about these attacks in DogsBite.org's report: Dog Attacks on Livestock and Horses January - May 2008
While a leash may have prevented this attack, DogsBite.org runs into instances when pit bulls "slip out" of their collars specifically to attack horses.
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See all: Horse Attacks by Pit Bulls