UPDATE 02/17/09: Three days after this incident, it appears the pit bull owner joined PitBullForum.com. User "wi_pitbull_lover" describes the attack and says that the dog will likely be put down, "We love him to death but can't take any chances." Immediately following, members of the forum -- AKA "responsible" pit bull owners -- encourage her not to euthanize the dog. This advice, coming from "responsible" pit bull owners ought to enrage horse owners.
(user: laurieellis27) "you really shouldn't put a dog down because his instinctual nature kicked in. Pitbulls should not be left or any dogs for that matter to roam freely and get into trouble. I don't even believe that you would consider putting your dog down because he was left unattended and decided to get down with a horse..."
(user: sueb) "Please don't put your dog down just because you weren't supervising it well enough! I don't mean for that to sound like a personal attack - it's not intended as one. Pit bulls require more work and vigilance than a lot of other breeds. Some people on this forum have to crate and rotate their dogs because they would fight if left together unsupervised..."
(In case the thread is removed, a copy resides at the DogsBite.org Scrib page).
02/15/09: Animal-Aggression = Human Injury
Lavalle, WI - As stated on many occasions at DogsBite.org, animal-aggressive pit bulls are unsafe. Animal-aggression nearly always leads to human injury. Owners of pets and livestock love their animals. Few will stand by and watch their animal get killed by a pit bull. What often goes unmentioned in these attacks is the injury suffered by the owner that intervened. As this case shows, horse owners also suffer the serious repercussions of an attacked animal.
"Sauk County authorities say a pit bull attacked a horse, which reacted by kicking a woman in the face. Deputies say 55-year-old Louanne Okapal was putting a saddle on the horse Saturday morning when the dog attacked. The sheriff's department says the horse kicked Okapal, causing "severe facial injuries."
A responding deputy found the dog "hanging from the horse's face." The deputy fired bean-bag rounds at the dog but it refused to let go. Then the deputy fired his gun once at the dog, which finally released its grip. Sauk County Animal Control took the dog to a veterinarian for treatment. A second veterinarian treated the horse at the scene."
12/03/08: Pit Bulls Kill One Horse, Severely Injure Another in Las Vegas
11/22/08: Pit Bulls Kill Three horses; Maim One in Willits, California
11/17/08: Flashback: Quarterhorse Zack, Killed by Attacking Pit Bulls
See all: Horse Attacks by Pit Bulls