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post #1 of 131 Old 08-26-2013, 10:37 AM Thread Starter
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Horrific Loss...How the Heck do I cope? What do I tell my son?! (graphic descrip)

So I'm sorry if this is rambling but I feel like throwing up and crying right now...I'm so used to not crying and maintaining myself no matter what though, and so the tears and everything else are just building up inside so that I feel like I"m going to explode. I don't know what to do! I'm an adult, and I need to pull up my big girl panties, right? It's just a horse...I still have to feed myself, feed my son and head to the college to try to work things out.

I couldn't sleep last night....the puppies kept barking outside sometime around 4, 5ish. I ignored them. Hubby always says to ignore them because they always bark. Around 6:17 was stirring up some pancake batter and decided to go feed the horses their hay...only three horses come up and I don't see the stunted Shetland boy, Pumpkin.

Oh god, you know how people always say they KNOW something is wrong?! Since when do I bring food and all four of those critters don't run up no matter what they're doing? I figured, maybe he was hurt, or maybe someone stole him, because I didn't see him....there was nothing there, but this crazy brown Pit Bull dog that I shoo'ed away that was barking and growling at me....

Only, Pumpkin was still there. Something Eviscerated him from the anus, and ate his thighs. I could see guts, only not in the lab, not in pictures, but on the ground, of my horse, right in front of me!!!! I chased that stupid dog down after pounding on my window for my husband and tried to take pix...the dog got out of my fence and I got one pic of it from my camera before the battery died. I made my husband get his phone and chase the **** thing down....I wish we had shot it.

I stayed home and called the sheriff and Animal Control. The dog sat in front of its house and as soon as AC showed up, the owner let the dog in the fence, said it wasn't his dog, where's the blood on it? And left....AC says that owner and dog pair have a history, they KNOW the dog did it, and they are going to give him a ticket or restraining order thing, but that since the dog is in the fence now, they can't seize it. SO THE BEST WE CAN DO IS TAKE HIM TO CIVIL COURT.

I don't have any pictures of the dog *in* the fence. By the time I realized Pumpkin was gone, the dog had shimmied out and was at the neighbors house. I don't know what to do...what's the point of trying to sue? The pony is dead, the owner doesn't give a spit, and I don't have pictures of him In my property. =(

What do I tell my son??!

And on top of everything that dog is dangerous and it knows there is food to be had here. I have two puppies, three other horses on site and chickens. I guess I have to be extra vigilant and sleep with a loaded rifle nearby.

I'm such a mess right now.

RIP Pumpkin, I'm sorry I didn't give you a longer life, but I did the best I could.

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post #2 of 131 Old 08-26-2013, 10:42 AM
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I have no idea what to say, other than I am so sorry for your horrific and tragic loss. I cannot imagine how I would cope after something like that, but I hope that you are able to get justice for Pumpkin and I hope that you and your family are able to overcome this tragedy.

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I have no idea what to say, other than I am so sorry for your horrific and tragic loss. I cannot imagine how I would cope after something like that, but I hope that you are able to get justice for Pumpkin and I hope that you and your family are able to overcome this tragedy.
Thank you Jore,

My husband and I are both just sick inside.

We do have good news.

The AC lady just came by to "maybe" pick up Pumpkin's remains, and THEY PICKED UP THAT DOG. She says they normally would not have but because they have had so many issues with this dog and owner, they did it anyway. I hope to god they don't get into trouble because this dog is dangerous, and I am very glad he is off the streets!!!!

(Apparently this owner has at least two german shepherds too)

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Oh gee, I'm so sorry DWM, that is awful! My thoughts are with you and your family. Don't hesitate to shoot that dog next time he steps foot on your property.

It's ok to cry - cleans the windows to the soul. You have gone through an awful thing, hang in there.
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Im so sorry hun, hugs!!!

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There are no words I can think of to comfort you and your family. I am so sorry for your families loss of Pumpkin.
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It'll be back. Be ready with your loaded shotgun, IMHO.

Horrible! I hope the dog killed the pony first. I hope you didn't have to finish the job. Simply HORRIBLE!!

I would just tell your kid the pony passed and leave it at that.
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I'm so sorry ): That's really awful... It's such a shame when people don't have the decency to control their own animals...

EDIT-Pumpkin is so cute...
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