Sparkle the Pony Hid in a Pond
Loomis, CA - A Loomis preschool director and her young students are trying to recover from their shock and loss after dogs attacked and killed the school's pet pony. The dogs, a pit bull and a rottweiller mix, escaped from a neighbor's property and entered the backyard pasture of the Smart Start Preschool on October 21st. At the time of the attack, Sparkle was grazing.
Amber Farman, who runs the Smart Start program out of her Loomis home, was preparing for the imminent arrival of her students when the attack happened. "The dogs were barking at Sparkle," Farman said. She said she saw the animals attacking Sparkle and two family goats, cornering Sparkle in the backyard pond, as she and her husband ran outside. "I heard her naying, struggling in the water," Farman said.
Farman said her husband was forced to shoot the dogs, leaving the couple to care for the wounded pony, still stuck in the pond. Neighbors, friends, parents and the local vet quickly arrived and the group was able to pull the pony's battered body out of the water. After serious efforts to save the pony, Sparkle died two days later. "We sat around her, petted her and cried together and all said goodbye," teacher Diana Babcock said.
The dogs were owned by neighbor Titus Bujdei, who also owns and operates a convalescent care home. Placer County Animal Control Officer Tim Goffa said Bujdei was charged with 22 counts of animal cruelty in 2005. The man cut the wings off of federally protected Canadian geese. Pet-Abuse.com reports he pleaded no contest to one count -- the other charges were dropped. Bujdei was cited for Sparkle's death and will have to appear in court to answer the charge.
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