That is terrible. I'm glad they didn't have to put her down just yet. I'm hoping for the best. As for the dogs, SR is correct, in VA we can shoot them if we are protecting our livestock. A friend of mine learned that very quickly when her dogs kept killing the neighbors chickens... her thought was... they are just chickens, his thought was to shoot the dogs. He was not charged, she however WAS charged becuase there is a leash law in VA and her dogs were not hounds. (hounds can run loose certain times of the year).
I am really sorry for your daughter and her horse. The neighbors are poopbutts and obviously have no respect for other people. I am angered for you.
Just talked to my daughter, Left Eye whinned and walked, although slowly, up to her this morning. She has been eating, drinking and moving around a bit. That gives me hope that the leg is sprained and bruised but not broken.
She will be moving both horses to a new friends house down the road to stay there for a few days in a small turnout and stall. Easier to keep her quiet and keep the wounds clean. And away from the dogs.
She walked all over the property this morning, no fence down or anything that can account for the injuries(the cop suggested she got into a fence instead of the dogs, what a jerk) and both dogs are chained up this morning, go figure.The owners know they are guilty, just won't admit. My son in law will be paying them a visit this morning when he gets home. He will be furious when he finds out about Left Eye. He works in a mine and has no way of talking to my daughter until he gets onto the bus for the drive home. He will be ready to kill someone.
Anyway, she is alert, eating and moving, all bodily functions are working, just lame on the back leg. But, that to me is a good sign its not hopefully a break.
Keep your fingers crossed. The kids just moved there last month after my son in law being laid off for six months. This is an expense they did not need, they have been trying to catch up on bills that were just barely kept going during the lay off. I am sending a good will package of bandage material, medicine for the
Wounds etc. If anyone has anything laying around and you want to make a care package, please let me know.
I will keep everyone updated, send lots of prayers for both my daughter and Left Eye. This was the horse she finally felt safe with and was just getting back into barrel racing after a few years(she went off a barrel horse and broke her pelvis in 4 places while in high school) I am just devasted for her. Plus, the first time mom is not right there to lend support and help.
I know how she feels. When my horse severed her tendons husband was out of town. Luckily my parents were there and also able to help with the bills ($6000). I can imagine how she feels being short on cash and without husband OR parents to lend emotional support. But it sounds like she's strong. Sounds like Left Eye is strong too... good combination.
It's good that she's moving them. I hope her recovery goes well.
What kind of stuff does she need?
Just had a thought. The vet should be able to tell law enforcement that the horse was attacked by animals -- at the very least. My vet knew what attacked my horses by looking at wound patterns and locations.
She needs bandage materiels, stuff for the wounds to spray on, or if anyone wants to donate some money, any amount, that would be great. You can pm me if you want.
I am sending a package of goodies today, she needs to bandage change everyday.They are so low on finances, this is really hard for them and us, we can only do what we can also.
If it were me, I wouldn't say anything else about killing the dogs to anyone and when the little demons come back, well, they would become missing dogs. "Oh, no. I have no idea where your dogs are. Why? Were thay loose or something? Sounds dangerous....." Bleh, fingers crossed for your daughter and the horse!
Oh yea, she has called. They come out and warn the owners, but by then they are back in the yard and chained up.
The Sheriff did give them a ticket last night for loose dogs.... as if they will mean much to them.