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    02-16-2012, 06:59 PM
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Weanling
Pit Bulls kill Pony

I'm posting this as it happened in my town and I've found it interesting. One thing that has me completely /facepalming is that the dog owners have released a statement that the dogs didn't do it. The horse must have died, "FROM THE COLD".

CHEYENNE - Linda Clark was devastated Saturday afternoon when she and her husband returned from the grocery store to find two pit bulls attacking their Shetland pony, Spirit.

The couple was putting away their things when a neighbor came knocking at the door to report that Spirit was down and the dogs were tearing away at her.

Linda’s daughter-in-law, Teresa Clark, said Jeff Clark immediately ran outside with the first thing he could find, a pellet gun. He fired toward the dogs and they ran off, but Spirit was already dead.

Linda Clark, an avid horse rescuer, took Spirit in when she was just a year old as a rescue animal.

"These are her babies. She saves horses that are going to go to slaughter," Teresa Clark said. "She’s had this pony forever."

She added that the entire family is beside themselves over the incident because Spirit was locked in a pen and couldn't defend herself.

“That could have been my son,” Teresa Clark said. “That could have been someone else’s son or daughter.”

Laramie County Sheriff’s Department Capt. Rich Hillegas said deputies responded to the Clark home in the 6500 block of Buttercup Drive just before 1 p.m. Saturday.

He said Jeff Clark followed the two pit bulls into a field near Whitney Road in northeast Cheyenne and kept an eye on them until deputies could wrangle them.

Hillegas said the pony had several bite and tear marks on her body and that the dogs the deputies captured had blood on them. He said deputies also spoke with a person who said her two pit bulls had jumped a 6-foot fence and escaped from her yard.

Cheyenne Animal Shelter Executive Director Rick Collord said the two pit bulls are being held at the shelter. He said the dogs n a male and female n are young, likely around two years old, and were neutered and spayed.

He said Cheyenne Animal Control officers also responded to the Clarks’ house and saw the eight-year-old pony dead in her pen.

Collord said the officers ticketed the woman searching for her dogs under the public nuisance statute.

He said he wasn’t comfortable releasing the name of the person they think is the owner because she never identified the dogs before they were taken away and hasn’t yet come in to claim them.

“The owner has three days to come claim their dogs,” he said. “They know that they are here. They haven’t come at this point.”

Collord said he wasn’t sure whether the dogs would have to be quarantined, adding that he still had to check with the Wyoming Department of Health. All dogs that bite humans are required to be quarantined for 10 days under state law. The statute does not address animal-on-animal bites, however.

If the dogs don’t have to be quarantined and the owner doesn’t pick them up in the three-day timeline, Collord said they would attempt to find animal rescue groups willing to try to find them a home.

Collord said the liability of adopting out dogs that have a history of biting would be too much for the shelter to take on.

“That can be the way pit bulls are. They are known for being friendly to people, in most cases,” Collord said. “When they pack together, whether it be pit bulls or any other dogs, dogs that we think they would never do anything like that, it is a totally different situation when they get into a pack.

“They don’t react the same as what we would see in our homes a lot of time.”

He said it can be normal for animals that have packed together to want to take down another animal, adding that is usually unneutered male dogs that behave that way.

“Somebody can keep them from doing that, but if they get one chance to do it, they would do it again,” Collord said. “You are not going to train that out of them at this point in time.”

Pit Bulls attack, kill pony - Wyoming Tribune Eagle Online

Here is the link to where they said the horse is at fault for it's own death.
Owners fighting to keep pit bulls alive - Wyoming Tribune Eagle Online
     
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    02-16-2012, 07:06 PM
  #2
Yearling
It is a horrible thing to happen, and I am probably going to get ripped for this, but I love pit bulls. I think this is just going to be another one of those stories that turns even more people against them.

Please don't get me wrong, I feel terrible for the pony! My passion is horses. I also have a soft spot for these dogs.

My thoughts are with both owners.
     
    02-16-2012, 07:08 PM
  #3
Started
Thats sad :(

I bet if those two pits had more experienced owners this would have never happened...

But it truly is a shame the pony has passed and these two dogs will be pts and these owners will go off with a slap in the hand...

Know and understand the breed before you get one!! Is all I can say
     
    02-16-2012, 07:11 PM
  #4
Weanling
I'm a dog lover first and a horse lover second. I've 4 amazing HUGE dogs. One thing I know is that this is a complete owner error. We have a great pyr that can jump our 6 foot fence. Does every chance he gets actually and goes to chase the neighbors cows. So what do we do knowing he can jump the fence, ONLY LET HIM OUT UNDER STRICT SUPERVISION! These owners have received a previous ticket for having their dogs out. There is no excuse for them to have been loose again. Then to put the blame on the pony owner. It just shows to me that the owners are completely incompetent and have basically killed their dogs.

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Originally Posted by Snizard93    
It is a horrible thing to happen, and I am probably going to get ripped for this, but I love pit bulls. I think this is just going to be another one of those stories that turns even more people against them.

Please don't get me wrong, I feel terrible for the pony! My passion is horses. I also have a soft spot for these dogs.

My thoughts are with both owners.
     
    02-16-2012, 07:12 PM
  #5
Green Broke
Nah snizard, I like em too and they can be some of the sweetest, smartest dogs. Imo it just depends on handling, just like horses theres good and bad and it depends on how you treat them and train em. I doubt those dogs have any sort of obedience training....

What I don't get is how the owners are fighting to keep them alive but arent claiming them....its not going to stop the case it just makes them look worse that they wont even claim their own dogs.....
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    02-16-2012, 07:15 PM
  #6
Weanling
This is my thought process exactly. The breed has a bad rep because the majority of people buying them are stupid and looking for a mean dog. They get them and make them mean.
I couldn't believe they went 2 days witout claiming the dogs and then tried to claim they didn't have enough notice. It was in the paper on monday and tuesday was the deadline. They didn't even try to get them until late tuesday. I would have been there monday with an apology on my lips and a prayer for my dogs life.

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Originally Posted by Roperchick    
nah snizard, I like em too and they can be some of the sweetest, smartest dogs. Imo it just depends on handling, just like horses theres good and bad and it depends on how you treat them and train em. I doubt those dogs have any sort of obedience training....

What I don't get is how the owners are fighting to keep them alive but arent claiming them....its not going to stop the case it just makes them look worse that they wont even claim their own dogs.....
     
    02-16-2012, 07:16 PM
  #7
Yearling
It could have been any breed of dog, it sadly was a heavily stereotyped breed. You always hear about a pit bull attack but when do you hear about with yorkies, labs and shi tzus attack someone.
     
    02-16-2012, 07:21 PM
  #8
Green Broke
The way is see this is three animals are going to die for the ignorance of one person.
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    02-16-2012, 07:24 PM
  #9
Weanling
I think the dogs should be put down. It doesn't matter what breed it is, if dogs get loose and kill ponies, they need to be put down.
     
    02-16-2012, 07:35 PM
  #10
Foal
I had Pit Bulls and American Staffs for over 17 years, I loved my dogs and showed them. But, if one of my dogs had got out and killed someone's pony, goat or cow, I would not have thought twice about putting that dog to sleep. These dogs have now had the thrill of the kill, they will do it again. Next time it may be a child. It would not matter if they were pit bulls or any other breed, the dogs did this for fun and they enjoyed it, it is a shame that the pony suffered for the ignorance of the dog owners.
     

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