Authorities Issue Alert
Laytonville, CA - Mendocino County authorities issued an alert warning residents that two pot dogs (pit bulls) are believed to have killed two miniature horses and attacked some pygmy goats. In an earlier post, we wrote about the medical marijuana pot gardens in Mendocino County and the large number of stray pit bulls that are likely the result of these facilities. Authorities believe that after the annual harvest, growers set the "crop guarding" canines loose.
Sergeant Kevin Cotroneo said the corpses of the small horses were found early Saturday at the home of Gary Futer. Two dogs, one medium sized and one smaller, were seen in the area but because it was dark a good description wasn’t possible. A black and white pit bull with blood on it was seen later in the area; it disappeared without being caught. Deputies have also heard reports of a resident recently losing several pygmy goats in similar circumstances.
In other news:
LaPorte County Horse Killed By Pit Bull
Laporte County, IN - Sadly, Indiana is back in the news regarding pit bull attacks. A horse was reportedly killed over the weekend by pit bulls in a bloody attack inside a barn near LaCrosse. Mike Catalano, 35, said he grew up with the horse named Abby and so did his children, who are devastated by the cruel death. Catalano went out to his barn to feed the animals Saturday morning and discovered the 32-year-old horse dead from the grisly overnight attack.
The floor and walls of the barn were splattered with blood.
Catalano said the two pit bulls grabbed the horse by her face then mutilated her. Another horse and a miniature donkey kept in the barn luckily managed to escape. Catalano said there were two sets of tracks heading toward and away from his barn. There was also blood drippings in the paw prints followed to a residence a few hundred feet away. A pit bull covered in dried blood was taken from that home but a second dog was not located.
Jane Bernard, the LaPorte County Animal Control director, said the seized dog will not be available for adoption or returned to the owner. Authorities continue to investigate whether a second dog was involved.
Battle Creek Police Seek Pit Bull in Pony Attack
Battle Creek, MI - Police are still searching for a dog, which fatally attacked a pony last week. Lt. Duane Knight said officers are looking for a brown dog, which may be a pit bull, after the February 17 attack. The pony had to be destroyed after the attack due to its injuries. Police believe the dog may have been one of three dumped near Waubascon Road a couple of months ago. One of the three was shot by police and a second was captured and euthanized.
12/01/08: Pit Bulls Attacking Mendocino Livestock
11/22/08: Pit Bulls Kill Three horses; Maim One in Willits, California
See all: Horse Attacks by Pit Bulls