Pit bulls attack horse

Jan 29, 2008 | Posted by: Shirley Moore | Full story: www.livingstondaily.com

An Arabian mare was euthanized after being attacked by two loose pit bulls in Handy Township early Monday morning and the dogs' owner is facing possible criminal charges.

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Stephanie

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Jan 31, 2008
 
People need to start taking more responsiblity for their pets. It is a shame that these things keep happening and people still haven't gotten the idea that Dogs are still animals and if you are going to own them you need to be willing to take the time to train them and keep them on your property or under control. No animal or person deserves to die the way this horse (Halvezia was her name) did.
cam

Kirkland, WA

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Jan 31, 2008
 
I understand everyones pain but its not just one sided both sides are dealing with pain over this both sides lost something that day and the one side has to deal with a lot more than the other cuz the ones dealing with trouble
Gene

Rochester, MI

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Feb 3, 2008
 

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This is so tragic for all involved. I wish there wa more info like why was the horse stall open and why and where did these dogs come from. I am so sick and tired of hearing about pitbull attacks.The person who owns these dogs should be charged and pays the consequences. Why is it that the owners of Pitbulls do not think they are dangerous animals. I am a horse person and a story like this makes me sick
The guy who moved away

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Feb 18, 2008
 

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Maybe the horse was asking for it. Maybe the horse had it coming.
Ziggy

Grand Rapids, MI

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Feb 18, 2008
 
To the 'The guy who moved away'

Boy, are we glad you moved away. You are a real sadistic so and so. Glad you don't live here any longer. And.... we sure pity Arizona. But the trouble with you is you love the fact that by coming here you think you can rile people into an argument. Well, you need to give up on it. No one here cares about you or your sadistic remarks. Being it takes TWO to argue, I will not comment on any remarks you send back on our posts, so you can make as many stupid remarks you want. We all know who you are, and we know how dim-witted you look. See ya!!
The guy who moved away

Waltham, MA

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Feb 19, 2008
 
I like how you can't take a joke and I really love the fact that you write a whole paragraph just to try and put me down. So, let's ask the question you seem to know the answer to.
Who am I? Why do I look so dim-witted? And who are you? You seem to know me so well. Or are you just saying that to hurt my feelings?
Kelly

Southfield, MI

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Feb 28, 2008
 
It is dog owners who have to keep control of their animals. To assume every pit bull is dangerous and going to maul you is ignorant. Yes it is horrible this happend, but dont get it confused about the breed. That is why these animals suffer like they do. People fear them because the media tells them to and then owners mistreat these animals and then here we are writing pointless blogs about how the animal is at fault. It has been my experiance that a dog is only as smart as it owner.
Gene wrote:
This is so tragic for all involved. I wish there wa more info like why was the horse stall open and why and where did these dogs come from. I am so sick and tired of hearing about pitbull attacks.The person who owns these dogs should be charged and pays the consequences. Why is it that the owners of Pitbulls do not think they are dangerous animals. I am a horse person and a story like this makes me sick
Ashlea

Gulfport, MS

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Apr 21, 2008
 
Everybody thinks they should lock up pit bulls or have them in a pen. i think that they should keep their animals under control so nothing else want get killed,so the poicy want go around taking all the dogs that they think will kil another animal.
Pam

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Apr 21, 2008
 
I work for a horse rescue in Fowlerville, MI. The director knows the woman who's horse was killed. The owner of the pit bulls was sentenced last week to 30 days in jail,$250,000 (+-)fine, and a probation period, which I can't remember the length of time.

The bottom line:If you own a pet of any kind you must train and contain. If not, you pay the price, especially if it causes the death or injury of another whether it be a four-legged or two-legged animal, neither of which deserve to be attached by another because of the irresponsibility of the owner. Guy Who Moved Away: Lets keep things within the subject and not write things just to piss people off. Everyone welcomes your opinion if it's in line with the conversation and it's not made just to set someone off.
Pam

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Apr 21, 2008
 
Just to clarify:

The stall door wasn't open, the barn door was. The stall door was the kind that have the top open so the horse can stick it's head out and that's where the dog's went through, trapping the poor mare in the stall. If the stall door was open she would have bolted out there. The barn door was open because the owner was in the middle of her daily chores and went to the house for something. When a horse is in danger or in pain they are very loud, so my question is why she didn't do something when it first happened? If that was my horse I would have been out there with a shot gun to the dogs or at least a shovel or something to try to save the mare. I think this woman called the police when she finally heard something and realized what was going on.

“Headed toward the cliff”

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Tawas City, Michigan

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Apr 25, 2008
 
Pit bulls, rottweilers, and similar breeds are responsible for the majority of unprovoked attacks. Their is a reason people own these aggressive breeds. The animals are purposefully bred for that trait. Not to be discriminatory, but their are certain types of dog owners that are drawn to those breeds. So I blame the owner & the dog; both need to be put down.
Joe

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Apr 30, 2008
 
WeTheSheeple wrote:
Pit bulls, rottweilers, and similar breeds are responsible for the majority of unprovoked attacks. Their is a reason people own these aggressive breeds. The animals are purposefully bred for that trait. Not to be discriminatory, but their are certain types of dog owners that are drawn to those breeds. So I blame the owner & the dog; both need to be put down.
Pit Bulls were not bread to attack humans.. That is ridiculous.

Pit Bulls were bread for hunting bears, bulls, and dog fighting.

In the dog fighting world, pit bulls before the fight were washed by strangers. While the two pitbulls fought in the ring, there were 2 people in the ring with them - while the dogs were in full fight mode.

After the fight if either of the 2 pit bulls needed medical condition, it was given by strangers.

If at any point, a pitbull attacked a "handler" (a human), they were killed, on the spot, right then and there.

Pit bulls were bread NOT to attack humans, as you can see. This is what makes them one of the best family breeds, and are so good with children in Europe they were nick-named "the nanny dog".

Rotweilers, german shepards, doberman pinchers -- they are a lot more naturally aggressive towards humans.

It is not the dogs fault, it is the owners fault. The owner should know his dog, if it can not get along with strangers or other dogs -- it is his responsibility to make sure his backyard is secure.

Read a fucking book before you make comments on shit you dont have a clue about.

“Headed toward the cliff”

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Tawas City, Michigan

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Apr 30, 2008
 
Joe wrote:
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Pit Bulls were not bread to attack humans.. That is ridiculous.
Pit Bulls were bread for hunting bears, bulls, and dog fighting.
In the dog fighting world, pit bulls before the fight were washed by strangers. While the two pitbulls fought in the ring, there were 2 people in the ring with them - while the dogs were in full fight mode.
After the fight if either of the 2 pit bulls needed medical condition, it was given by strangers.
If at any point, a pitbull attacked a "handler" (a human), they were killed, on the spot, right then and there.
Pit bulls were bread NOT to attack humans, as you can see. This is what makes them one of the best family breeds, and are so good with children in Europe they were nick-named "the nanny dog".
Rotweilers, german shepards, doberman pinchers -- they are a lot more naturally aggressive towards humans.
It is not the dogs fault, it is the owners fault. The owner should know his dog, if it can not get along with strangers or other dogs -- it is his responsibility to make sure his backyard is secure.
Read a fucking book before you make comments on shit you dont have a clue about.
I never said they were "bread to attack humans". I said they were bred for their aggressive traits IN GENERAL. If they are so gentle, why are we constantly reading about pit bull attacks? And the majority of pit bull attacks occur within the family that owns the dog (serves them right).

There are certain losers who want a "tough" dog; probably because they are wimps themselves, trying to make up for doubts about their own sexuality. I blame the dog & the owner- both should be exterminated.
Pam

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May 1, 2008
 
Again, when you own a dog you are in charge of training and containing. The owner of the horses had her property set up properly for horses, but the style of the stalls put in was not necessarily for keeping out pit bulls or the like. It's not a law that she use a certain style of stall door. The dogs came over to her private property unattended by the owner of the dogs, which puts the owner at fault in the eyes of the law. He (the dog owner) did train or contain the dogs properly. And just for the record, dog fighting is illegal in this country and made so because of the intense cruelty to the dogs. I work at a horse rescue and we have 2 pure bred pit bulls and one boxer/pit mix and all three are very friendly dogs. They are used to the horses and wouldn't think of hurting them. They are, however, very protective of their property - who isn't? But they would protect the horses not hurt them. My point is that the owners of the pitbulls that killed the horse was irresponsible when it came to proper training and keeping the dogs on his own property.
Jenifer Bourcier

East Lansing, MI

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May 30, 2008
 
I HAVE THE LAST LIVING PIT BULL TO COME OUT OF ANIMAL CONTROL! Please help me find a home. This attack prompted a new policy to no longer adopt out 'bullies' that were found as strays. Poor Gambler was in and out of that Animal Control and was IN when the policy was to go into effect. I rescued him on Friday and he was supposed to die on Monday. He's a good boy who deserves a FOREVER home. I rescue Australian Cattle Dogs NOT pit bulls but I just couldn't sit by and let him die. He's listed on Pit Bull Rescue Central and Craig's list in Lansing. Please help me find him a responsible home with all the love he deserves.
Stephanie

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Jan 11, 2009
 
In answer to your question the woman who is the horse owner is my aunt and she wanted to defend Helvesia believe me however my aunt did not own a gun nor have an idea how to use one. Yes, she had a shovel but what is a 117 lbs woman who is alone going to do to 2 pit bulls that had to be shot with a shotgun to get them to stop attacking? And also what if she had hit the dogs, they jumped a 5 ft door to get at Helvesia, they would have most likely at that point seen my aunt as a threat and attacked her. Then we would have lost my aunt and Helvesia both. The sad fact is that Helvesia's death was tragic and a lesson to all of us that owning any animal comes with responsibility and any dog in the wrong hands can do damage.
Pam wrote:
Just to clarify:
The stall door wasn't open, the barn door was. The stall door was the kind that have the top open so the horse can stick it's head out and that's where the dog's went through, trapping the poor mare in the stall. If the stall door was open she would have bolted out there. The barn door was open because the owner was in the middle of her daily chores and went to the house for something. When a horse is in danger or in pain they are very loud, so my question is why she didn't do something when it first happened? If that was my horse I would have been out there with a shot gun to the dogs or at least a shovel or something to try to save the mare. I think this woman called the police when she finally heard something and realized what was going on.
Dog Lover

Muskegon, MI

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Jan 12, 2009
 
WeTheSheeple wrote:
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I never said they were "bread to attack humans". I said they were bred for their aggressive traits IN GENERAL. If they are so gentle, why are we constantly reading about pit bull attacks? And the majority of pit bull attacks occur within the family that owns the dog (serves them right).
There are certain losers who want a "tough" dog; probably because they are wimps themselves, trying to make up for doubts about their own sexuality. I blame the dog & the owner- both should be exterminated.
Serves them right????? What kind of moron are you??? It would serve YOU right if someone came along and bit you in the a--. You call yourself 'we the sheeple'? You should change that to 'WeTheMorons'

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