11/10/12 pits kill another horse
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#1 Nov 11, 2012
WHEN IS THIS SENSELESS KILLING OF PETS GOING TO STOP - AND TYPICAL IGNORANT PITNUTTER COMMENTS FROM OWNERS - IF PITS ROUTINELY ATTACK AND KILL HORSES WHY ARE YOU LETTING THEM AROUND CHILDREN
Pit Bull Attack Kills Horse
Posted on: 10:31 pm, November 10, 2012, by Daniel Hight
(DeSoto County, MS)– A horse in Desoto County was attacked and killed by three pit bulls and it’s not the first time the dogs have turned violent.
DeSoto County Animal Services believes the horse could have been in heat which would have set the dogs off, but neighbors in the Eudora community say it’s no excuse; the dogs already proved they were vicious.
Not once but twice, a family’s beloved pit bulls attacked their own horses. This time, the dogs killed the five-year-old horse, Misty.
“I’ve never had them attack, never had them try to bite anybody,” said Marshall Ballard who owned both the dogs and the horse.“My kids would roll on top of [the dogs] and play with them and they’ve never even growled at them.”
Ballard is shocked by the violent nature of his three dogs. He claims they would often chase the horses, but this time they took it too far when Misty got stuck in the fence.
“She stepped off into the net wires, she couldn’t get out,” Ballard said.“I think that’s what got her down, she couldn’t defend herself anymore.”
A couple of weeks ago, two of the pits attacked a different one of their horses. Animal Services says it managed to survive despite wounds to its stomach and leg.
“It happened once but we thought it was an isolated event,” Ballard said.
Neighbor and horse-lover, Charlene Faulkner added,“Something should have been done. It shouldn’t take a horse to die for somebody to do something about it. It’s sad.”
The DeSoto County Sheriff’s Department says the attack happened in front Ballard’s kids. He claims they didn’t see it. Regardless, Faulkner believes pit bulls are too dangerous to have around children.
“I mean, if they’re going to do that to a horse,” she said, as she paused,“and I have children myself, I couldn’t imagine. I wouldn’t take the chance.”
The Ballards aren’t taking that chance either. The family gave the three pit bulls to animal control.
The dogs will be quarantined for 10 days and tested for rabies. Then all three pit bulls will be put down.
#2 Nov 11, 2012
Attacks on Horses
A collection of posts illustrating serious and fatal pit bull attacks on horses.
Report: Dog Attacks on Livestock and Horses January to May 2008 - DogsBite.org
Pit Bulls and Thoroughbreds Were Selected for 'Performance'
Pit Bull-Mix Chases Horse to Death in Cody, Wyoming
Mendocino Pot Dogs (Pit Bulls) Killing More Horses and Goats
Woman Kicked in Face by Horse After Pit Bull Attacks
Pit Bulls Kill One Horse, Severely Injure Another in Las Vegas
Pit Bulls Kill Three horses; Maim One in Willits, California
Flashback: Quarterhorse Zack, Killed by Attacking Pit Bulls
Pit Bull-Mix Attacks Two Horses and Pony in Kanahooka
School's Pet Pony Attacked and Killed by Vicious Dogs
Pit Bull Attacks Horse on Burnaby Trail in North Vancouver
Apple Valley Attack: Pony Attack Victim Shares Photos
Horse Attacked by Neighbor's Pit Bull Boxer-Mix
Killer Dogs Euthanized After Week Long Rampage in Apple Valley
Pit Bull that Attacked Horses in New Zealand to Be Destroyed
Bears Rarely Try to Bring Down A Full-Grown Horse; Pit Bulls Do
Pit Bull Kills Mini-Horse in Levelland, Texas, Injures Another
Video: Two Pit Bulls Attack and Kill Horse in Kingsport
Flashback: Miniature Horse Killed by Pit Bulls in San Antonio
Two Pit Bulls Attack Shetland Pony then 'Misdirect' Attack onto People
Dogs Attack and Kill Horses in Saline County
'Wanted' Posters Go Up After Pit Bull Owner Flees Horse Attack
Rider Thrown from Horse after Pit Bull Type Dog Attacks
Video: Pit Bull Attacks Herd of Horses in Harford County
Pit Bull Attacks Three Horses Killing One (Possibly Two)
Donkey Dies Following Bull Terrier Attack
Attacks on Livestock by Pit Bulls in Aiken County
Molly the Pony Survives Katrina and Pit Bull Attack
Semi-Rural Area Endures Another Horse Attack by Roaming Dogs
Flashback: Companion Trained Pit Bull Attacks Police Horse
American Bulldog and Bullmastiff Attack Pony and Rider
Pit Bulls Attack 2 Ponies in Severn
Another Horse Attacked by Pit Bull Near Auburn
Police Seize Two Pit Bulls After Killing Donkeys in Vineland
Video: Pit Bull Attacks Horse; Owner and Dog Flee
Pit Bull Attacks Horse in Classic Bull Baiting Form
Pit Bull Owner Gets Jail Time After Dogs Kill Arabian Horse
Emotions Flare During Dog Attack Hearing
Amarillo: Pit Bull Attacks Horse in Pen
Dogs Kill Another Miniature Horse in Lubbock
Miniature Horse, Jolly, Dies from Pit Bull Attack
Lubbock Horse Hurt by Pit Bulls in Fight for Life
Volunteers Step up for Lubbock Horse Hurt in Pit Bull Attack
2 Pit Bulls Shot After Killing Kingsport Woman's Horse
Pit Bull Attacks Another Horse in the UK
Flashback: Race Horse Euthanized After Pit Bulls Attack
Pit Bulls Attack Five Miniature Horses, Killing One
Pit Bull Attacks Horses and Riders in New Zealand
Arabian Horse Euthanized After Pit Bull Attack
Pit Bulls Shred 1,200 Pound Horse
Owner Denies Pit Bull Attacked Horse and Rider at Park
#3 Nov 11, 2012
Dog Attacks on Livestock and Horses:
DogsBite.org | June 23rd, 2008
Table of Contents
Fighting Breeds (Pit Bulls) Pose a Greater Risk ..........3
Livestock Attacks on the Rise ..........4
CALL TO ACTION » Livestock Organizations ..........4
Horse Attacks on the Rise..........5
CALL TO ACTION » Horse Organizations..........5
Arcane Dog Laws..........6
Breed-Specific Laws ..........6
About DogsBite.org ..........7
DogsBite.org is a national dog bite victims group dedicated to
educating policymakers and the public about dangerous dogs.
Through our work, we hope to protect both people and pets from
future attacks. Our website launched in October 2007. In this time we
have actively tracked attacks on people and pets by these dogs,
along with related trends. By December 2007, it became clear that
residents of semi-rural areas and livestock owners were at great risk
of dangerous dog attacks.
"Fighting breeds" pose the highest risk. Pit bulls are the most
common fighting breed and negatively impact communities the most.
Due to their animal-aggressive heritage, which stems back several
hundred years, pit bulls are more likely to attack animals than any
other dog. As the popularity of this breed rises and urban areas spill
into semi-rural ones, owners bring their dogs with them. In these
"open" environments, owners seem to care less about constraining
The results to livestock owners have been devastating. Our
research shows that pit bulls will not just take down 2-3 animals within
a herd, but without immediate human intervention, they may continue
to kill, taking down the entire herd. While various breeds of roaming
dogs pose a significant threat to livestock owners, we've only run
across a single breed that attacks a large animal like a horse without
a partner or group of dogs: pit bulls. A single pit bull is just as lethal as
a pack of dogs to a horse owner.2
#4 Nov 11, 2012
In the first five months of 2008, several trends appear to dominate livestock owners in regards
to dangerous dogs. One has been mentioned already. As urban populations spread into semi-rural
areas, people bring their dogs with them without insight into the danger loose dogs pose. But not
all roaming dogs are equally as dangerous. Fighting breeds are proving to be the most harmful
due to selective breeding practices that promote high-prey drive and animal aggression.
Woven through each trend are ongoing themes that spell additional trouble if left unaddressed.
Many semi-rural areas lack animal control resources needed to rein in loose dogs. Even when
they can, agencies often have their hands tied. In many states, animal control must, by law, return
offending dogs to their owner even after a second animal attack. Such dog laws were written long
before fighting breeds became popular. These old laws need to be readdressed now.
Fighting Breeds (Pit Bulls) Pose a Greater Risk
Pit bull type dogs are a class of dogs comprised of the following breeds: American pit bull
terrier, Staffordshire bull terrier, American Staffordshire terrier, bull terrier, and any other pure bred
or mixed breed that is a combination of these dogs. The American bulldog is also starting to be
classified within this group. They share a common gene pool and for many years have been
crossbred with pit bulls for the purposes of dogfighting.
Selective breeding of pit bulls has created a dog with powerful jaws and unmatched tenacity --
the ability to keep attacking even after considerable damage is inflicted upon it.3 This made the pit
bull a fierce contender in the fighting ring, where matches lasted about an hour and often up to
three. These breeding practices effectively took the "wolf" out of the dog, suppressing the natural
instinct to survive. Pit bulls rarely retreat in the face of death, wild animals like coyotes and
Pit bulls are also notoriously difficult to constrain, particularly when in high-prey drive mode.
Ample evidence exists that a pit bull can scale a 6-foot fence, break tethering methods -- including
chains -- bite through wood slats and chew through metal to reach their target. During attacks, a
pit bull will often not release causing catastrophic injury to its victim. To force a release, pit bull
handlers use a device called a "break stick" to pry open the dog's jaws.5 Other than this, little can
be done to stop the attack outside of shooting the dog.
Learn more about pit bull type dogs »
#5 Nov 11, 2012
Livestock Attacks on the Rise
Between the combination of city dwellers spreading into semi-rural
areas and loose, dangerous dogs, there has been a spike in livestock
attacks. In the County of Lubbock, Texas, 13 livestock animals were
killed by loose pit bulls in one week's time (January 27th - February
2nd). The county is 900 square miles and hosts about 255,000 people.
82% percent of these people live in the city of Lubbock.6
By March 18th, the death count had reached 23. Animals killed by
loose pit bulls included over a dozen goats, three prize winning
potbelly pigs and three miniature horses, two of which were therapy
animals owned by Hearts and Hooves Ranch. Several more of their
miniature horses were left badly wounded. The shocked community
raised $10,000 in donations for immediate veterinary costs for Hearts
and Hooves.7 Rarely are livestock owners as fortunate.*
With a deteriorating situation, city officials in Lubbock developed
a public service announcement. Television stations ran ad spots
warning people of loose dogs and reminding owners to constrain
their dogs or face criminal penalties.8 Livestock owners and parents
were rightfully anxious. Finally, by the end of March, after a child
suffered serious injuries by a loose pit bull and a senior citizen was
mauled by an unidentified dog, this episode of attacks ended.9
In Elcentro, California (population near 40,000) the combination
of a pit bull and a German shepherd mix fatally mauled 32 goats in a
herd of 49. The goats were inside a fenced enclosure and could not
escape.10 The death count was so startling that the Associated Press
picked up the story. Another major attack occurred just a few months
later in Quincy, Illinois. Three pit bull mixes killed 34 pet deer that
were penned. The livestock owners were left with two animals.11
The valuation of the herd fell from $50,000 to $3,000 in a matter of
In many instances, the death of livestock is less expensive than
caring for injured animals that cannot perform adequately after an
attack. In Livermore, Maine, two pit bulls attacked a farm killing
several chickens and two goats. The dogs left another 9 goats
seriously injured. Out of pocket expenses reached over $13,000 and
included: veterinary bills, property damage, lost chickens and laying
hens, loss of milk and goats lost as a result of miscarriage.12
Learn more about livestock attacks »
*In June, Hearts and Hooves Ranch reports the cost of the attack reached $20,000.
#6 Nov 11, 2012
Horse Attacks on the Rise
DogsBite.org pays close attention to horse attacks, on a national and international basis.
The number of horse attacks in Britain, primarily by pit bull type dogs, has increased so rapidly
in the last year that the British Horse Society (BHS) is now tracking them. The hope is that by
collating these cases they can begin to understand how widespread the problem is, in addition
to learning the dog breeds most accountable.13
In the U.S., reports of attacks on the horse family occur weekly. Last January, in the Handy
Township area of Michigan (population about 7,000), an Arabian mare was fatally attacked by
two pit bulls while in her stall. The owner of the dogs was a new neighbor. Because the county
had adequate dog laws, the owner was found guilty of several misdemeanors, sentenced to 30
days in jail and ordered to pay $22,000 in restitution.14 The penalty in this case is rare. Owners
of these dogs are hardly ever prosecuted.
This past April, three horses with riders were attacked by pit bulls in nearby parks. The first,
an attack on a young Arab-Morgan gelding occurred near Auburn, California. The pit bull
attacked the horse's flank first, then locked onto the horse's nose. The gelding flung the dog into
a nearby tree before losing balance and sending the 70-year old rider toppling to the ground.
The dog attacked a third time, launching the two animals into a dead run. The horse was found
three miles out. The pit bull and his owner were never found having fled the scene.15
Ten miles away, another unleashed pit bull was brought into a park. When the dog saw two
horses, ridden by a husband and wife team, it attacked despite screams from its owner to stop.
Before the chaos struck, both riders were able to dismount. The pit bull attacked the wife's
horse, first in the belly then in the flanks. The horse futily stomped the dog then fled into the river
with the pit bull in close pursuit. The strong current carried the dog downstream, away from the
The husband and wife had been on a training ride, preparing for the Tevis Cup 100-mile
endurance ride. The cost to the horse owners is still unknown. In a similar attack in Ohio, a
horse owner estimates her losses in the vicinity of $25,000. While riding at the Rocky River
Reservation, a leashed pit bull "slipped out" of his collar and attacked the horse. The
traumatized young horse survived but is no longer a reliable trail horse.17
Learn more about horse attacks »
#7 Nov 11, 2012
Arcane Dog Laws
To describe the ineffectiveness of existing dog laws in many states, we've chosen a recent
attack that occurred in Aiken County, South Carolina. Several pit bulls mutilated two donkeys that
were forced to be euthanized -- severe head injury, tearing off ears, noses and legs is an attribute
of the pit bull breed. Two weeks later, at a nearby farm, 10 goats were attacked and left for dead.
As of May 7th, 2008, the dogs still cannot be located. Attempts to trap them have been
unsuccessful and the dog owners have not stepped forward.18
A non-captured dog is equivalent to no recourse for a livestock owner. A painful trend we see at
DogsBite.org is that many pit bull owners do not register or microchip their dogs. So even if the
dog is captured, it can't be traced back to its owner. As the horse attack in Auburn depicts, owners
of these dogs will flee the scene* to escape accountability as well. Existing dog laws operate on
the assumption that a dog and its owner can be identified. Owners of dangerous dogs have
nothing to gain by practicing this assumption.
While dog laws vary from state-to-state, a common way in which they work is described below:
It usually takes two documented instances of livestock attacks for authorities to penalize a dog
owner. Each attack may result in multiple injured or killed animals. After the first attack the dog is
labeled a Potentially Dangerous Dog (PDD) and returned to its owner. The label often results in
microchipping, a higher annual registration fee and stiffer fines the next time the dog attacks.
But in some states, the dog owner can appeal the PDD label multiple times.
If the dog attacks again, and depending upon the severity of the attack, the dog is labeled a
Dangerous Dog (DD) and returned to its owner. Only at this stage do demands upon the dog
owner become significant. The DD label usually requires the owner to buy a $250,000 liability
policy and build a special containment area for the dog. Annual registration fees shoot up as well,
as much $500 dollars per year.19
By the time a dog is legally labeled a DD, it may have inflicted three attacks. These attacks may
result in the loss of many livestock animals. Furthermore, as is often the case with pit bull owners,
once the dog is given the DD label the owner will put the dog down. The financial cost of
ownership becomes too high. The owner is then free to go out and buy two new pit bulls, and the
process starts all over again.
Some policymakers have implemented breed-specific measures to tackle these problems.
The state of Ohio, a handful of U.S. counties and about 250 U.S. cities regulate pit bulls and other
fighting breeds. Some communities automatically label these breeds as PDD or DD. This means
that after a first human attack (but not always an animal attack) authorities can take serious action
through fines -- upwards of $1,000 dollars -- and special containment rules. If the dog owner fails
to comply, animal control officers can impound the animal immediately.
Other U.S. cities ban pit bulls altogether and have since 1988. The idea is to significantly
reduce the number of these dogs in the community. The U.S. is not alone. Entire countries ban
fighting breeds as well, including: New Zealand, UK, Spain, Norway, Singapore, Puerto Rico,
Guyana, Israel, parts of Canada, Ireland, Germany, Switzerland and Australia.20 Before New
Zealand's ban, the combination of traditional farming, modern urban sprawl and dangerous dogs
mirrored what is occurring in U.S. semi-rural areas today.
*Nearly two months after the Auburn attack, the community has not lost hope. In late May, "Wanted" posters went up
from Reno to Sacramento to Stockton with a sketch artist image of the pit bull owner and his dog.
#8 Nov 11, 2012
Another way to reduce attacks by these breeds concerns animal shelter policy. After the horse
was killed in Handy Township, Livingston County officials were on the hot seat. Several months
earlier, loose American bulldog-mixes in the same area killed two human beings. The county
recently passed a "No Adopt Out" policy for pit bull type dogs. Under the new law, stray "bully
breeds" will only be held for four days at county animal shelters before being euthanized. If the
dog has evidence of ownership, it will be held for seven days.21
Lastly, DogsBite.org sees another trend emerging that may prove beneficial if it catches on.
After four dogs from a family in Buffalo, New York attacked three people over a period of years --
each bite resulted in a minor infraction because it was a "first" bite for each dog -- a city council
member asked: "What if we penalized dog owners based on 'collective' dog bites?" In other words,
what if the law tracked dog bites to the owner and the dog? Such a law would finally hold owners
of dangerous dogs -- who continue to buy these animals -- accountable.22
Learn more about legislating dogs »
DogsBite.org is a national dog bite victims' group dedicated to reducing serious dog attacks.
Through our work, we hope to protect both people and pets from future attacks. Our website
contains a wide collection of data to help policymakers and citizens learn about dangerous dogs.
Our research focuses on pit bull type dogs. Due to selective breeding practices that emphasize
aggression and tenacity, this class of dogs negatively impacts communities the most.
P.O. Box 12443
Austin, TX 78711
#9 Nov 11, 2012
1Dog attacks on Star sheep reflect growing problem, by the Associated Press, LocalNews8.com , May 1, 2008
( http://www.localnews8.com/global/story.asp... )
2Dog's caretaker charged in attack on horse and rider, by John Horton, Cleveland.com , May 3, 2007
( http://blog.cleveland.com :80/metro/2007/05/dog_owner_ch arged_in_attack_on.html)
3One City's Experience, by Kory A. Nelson, Senior City Attorney for the City of Denver, Municipal Lawyer,
July/August 2005 ( http://www.dogsbite.org/pdf/one-citys-experie... )
4Officials Track Animal That Attacked Child, KOAT.com , May 19, 2008
( http://www.koat.com/news/16322009/detail.html... )
5Break Stick Information, by Pit Bull Rescue Central, pbrc.com ( http://www.pbrc.net/breaksticks.html )
6Pit Bulls Kill 10 Goats in Lubbock County, by Robin Pyle, LubbockOnline.com , February 3, 2008
( http://www.lubbockonline.com/stories/020308/l... )
7Lubbock horse hurt by pit bulls in fight for life, by Beth Phillips, LubbockOnline.com , February 14, 2008
( http://lubbockonline.com/stories/021408/loc_2... )
8Warning: Pit bull Attacks Could Land owner In Jail, by Dave Walker, News Radio 1420, February 11, 2008
( http://newsradio1420.com/newsradio/newsMaker.... )
9Pit Bull Epidemic in Lubbock, Texas (Jan-Mar 2008), DogsBite.org , March 21, 2008
( http://www.dogsbite.org/blog/2008/03/pit-bull... )
10Dog pack fatally mauls 32 goats; owner sought, by the Associated Press, SFgate.com , January 28, 2008
( http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi... )
1134 Pet Deer Killed By Dogs, WGEM.com , April 8, 2008 ( http://www.wgem.com/News/index.php... )
12Woman sues pit bull owner, others, by Donna M. Perry, Sunjournal.com , May 7, 2008
( http://www.sunjournal.com/story/264346-3/fran... )
13Boy suffers facial scars after dogs attack pony while out riding, by Amy Mathieson, Horse and House, April 25,
2008 ( http://www.horseandhound.co.uk/news/397/25403... )
14Dog owner whose pit bulls killed horse gets 30 days in jail, by Valerie Olander, The Detroit News, April 15, 2008
( http://www.detnews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article... )
15New leads emerge in dog attack on horse, by Gus Thompson, The Folsum Telegraph, April 4, 2008
( http://folsomtelegraph.com/detail/81378.html )
16New pit bull attack on horse in canyon, by Gus Thompson, The Folsum Telegraph, April 22, 2008
( http://auburnjournal.com/detail/82214.html )
17Dog's caretaker charged in attack on horse and rider, by John Horton, Cleveland.com , May 3, 2007
( http://blog.cleveland.com :80/metro/2007/05/dog_owner_ch arged_in_attack_on.html)
18Dogs Attack Animals On Aiken County Polo Farm, by Paige Tucker, WJBF.com , May 7, 2008
( http://www.wjbf.com/midatlantic/jbf/news_inde... )
19Pierce County Council moves to muzzle vicious animals, TacomaDailyIndex.com , April 16, 2008
( http://www.tacomadailyindex.com/portals-code/... )
20BSL State-By-State, DogsBite.org , March 2008 ( http://www.dogsbite.org/legislating-dogs-stat... )
21Maulings may spawn new rules, by Kristofer Karol, Daily Press & Argus, May 14, 2008
( http://www.livingstondaily.com/apps/pbcs.dll/... )
22Four dogs from one family have bitten others in last three years, by Vanessa Thomas, The Buffalo News, May 7,
2008 ( http://www.buffalonews.com/cityregion/story/3... )
"Molly the Pony" is a children's book about people, ponies and hope. It is a story about a speckled
pony that was abandoned after Katrina. After finally finding shelter, Molly was attacked by a pit bull
and lost part of her front leg. Through the power of love and grace, she survived and now inspires
hope in thousands of others.
#14 Nov 12, 2012
where did the name coconut come from ? they dont taste like coco
#17 Nov 12, 2012
I LOVE maple tree sap, where around here can you get homemade syrup? I used to goto this place that let you watch the process , was very interesting and the msell was to die for
#19 Nov 12, 2012
Oh I have never heard of dark syrup, nor have I really seen it anywhere where syrup is sold. Is it something that isnt usually sold?
#20 Nov 12, 2012
yeah thats inetersting "cough" so anyway I think theres a guy out on obrien rod norfolk I'm going look into when the sap starts running, I drive through there from time to time and notice all the plastic tubes running through the woods, he collects it so I think he MUST sell it as well ,
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