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post #21 of 131 Old 08-26-2013, 11:18 AM Thread Starter
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Originally Posted by tinyliny View Post
That is simply, unbeleieveably awful! I am stunned . I'd be crazed with anger. I don't know how old your son is, but I am not sure I'd tell him it was a dog. If he is very small, it might make him very afriad of ALL strange dogs, and they arent all bad. But, you'll know what to do.

So, so sorry and hugs from here,
Thanks, he is FOUR!!! His birthday was the 18th, just a few days ago. =/

Pumpkin was literally the *only* horse my son ever liked. ='(

And on another note...guys, I can sue him until my face turns blue...Pumpkin was a rescue, he wasn't "worth" much for one, and for two, even If I "won", what's going to make him pay? The man literally didn't give a spit what his dog did, just let him in the fence, said "there's no blood on him", and drove off to work peacefully, while my pony is rotting in the pasture half eaten.

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post #22 of 131 Old 08-26-2013, 11:18 AM
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Oh, Demon, I'm so sorry . That's absolutely horrible.
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post #23 of 131 Old 08-26-2013, 11:21 AM
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Poor little boy. I'm so sorry for your loss and in such horrible circumstances. I wish the justice system would hit these waste of space dog owners harder than they do. This should be viewed as more than criminal damage to "property" when sentence is considered. Pumpkin was a family member and it's the least he deserves.
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post #24 of 131 Old 08-26-2013, 11:21 AM
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Oh man :( I couldnt even imagine finding your animal like that!!

I guess it all depends on you. Personally I'd be as truthful as possible without the gory details. Maybe say you found him and he had passed away. If he probes for for tell him an animal attacked him (I'd or tell him your unsure. You could always use colic as a reason too.

I'm sorry your in such a tough situation.
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post #25 of 131 Old 08-26-2013, 11:22 AM
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My deepest condolences. I'm so sorry that your family is going through such a disturbing and tragic loss.

I'm glad that AC has the animal under its control now. I don't think your 4 yr old needs to know that the pony died in such a horrific manner. Loss is an inevitable part of owning animals. You don't need to give him a lot of details, just tell him that the pony got very sick very quickly and died on his own. That way you're not lying but you're not traumatizing your son either.
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post #26 of 131 Old 08-26-2013, 11:31 AM
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How awful! I am so sorry for your loss.
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post #27 of 131 Old 08-26-2013, 11:34 AM
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I'm so very sorry about your loss. Pumpkin looks like he was much loved and that's the greatest tribute an animal can have.
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post #28 of 131 Old 08-26-2013, 11:34 AM
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I am so sorry to hear about your loss. Tell your son the pony passed away in the night. He can't wrap his little head around the ugly details and all his memories of that pony should be good ones. Hugs!
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post #29 of 131 Old 08-26-2013, 11:38 AM
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I am so sorry for your loss. I am sick to my stomach thinking about what you are going through.

Hopefully AC will put the dog down, especially since there is a history of other issues. If not, you definitely have the right to shoot it if it enters your property to protect your livestock.

If it is any comfort, when you rescued Pumpkin, you gave him a good life and he was able to enjoy his life with you and his buddies.

Hugs to you and your family.
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post #30 of 131 Old 08-26-2013, 11:38 AM
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OP you tell your son the truth but leave the gory details out. Go with your instincts and allow him to ask questions. Answer them honestly.
I would take the dog owner to court and at the least he would be responsible for court cost and whatever damages you are awarded. Until he pays a lien can be placed on his property and even after paying he will have to pay something to have them removed.
Owners like him will not IMO learn their lesson and he will get another Pit. Shalom
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