Horrific Loss...How the Heck do I cope? What do I tell my son?! (graphic descrip) - Page 9 - The Horse Forum
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post #81 of 131 Old 08-27-2013, 01:03 AM
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My prayers are with you and your family. No person or animal should ever have to endure this, especially so precious a pony as Pumpkin.
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post #82 of 131 Old 08-27-2013, 01:22 AM
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I am so sorry to hear of your loss. I can't imagine the pain you and your family are going through right now. You are in my thoughts. *hug*
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post #83 of 131 Old 08-27-2013, 05:50 AM
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OMG we've only been though this with sheep, not a much loved pet. My heart goes out to you, I have some idea what you may have been confronted with.
May Pumpkin fun free over the rainbow to where all good horses go.
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post #84 of 131 Old 08-27-2013, 06:31 AM
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I am so sorry for your loss, and am thinking of you and yours.

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post #85 of 131 Old 08-27-2013, 10:37 AM
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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.
I am so so sorry this happened to your pony.

We lived in heck for several years due to our neighbors dogs. We had goats and ever so often they would manage to get in and kill goats. We had spent thousands on fencing they could not get through but they still got under.

Our neighbor did...not...care. He would deny that his dogs did it although we saw them and once saw him go in our pasture to retrieve his dogs after a killing spree. His reason for not penning his dogs? If he penned his dogs a bob cat would come in and kill his chickens.. Can you believe it?

We finally took him to court and we won. I told our neighbor that if I didn't see his dogs out he could not pay us but IF I saw one out I would go after that money any way I could. So far I haven't seen one and that has been two years ago.

By the way in some counties you can sue for three times the value of the stock lost.

Just DO it and be happy that you can!
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post #86 of 131 Old 08-27-2013, 10:41 AM
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DWM, I'm rarely at a loss for words, but this scenario is too horrific. My deepest condolences.

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post #87 of 131 Old 08-27-2013, 11:03 AM Thread Starter
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DWM, I'm rarely at a loss for words, but this scenario is too horrific. My deepest condolences.
Thank you, SR and others.

I do have an update, if not an entirely happy one. I couldn't sleep and went to shovel poo and feed early this morning. Heh. Best thing ever.

Anyway along the far side of the fence, near the neighbor's pigs and where Pumpkin died, I found cut off bits of his tail in several of the low lying plants. When I told hubby to go get his phone to take pictures, I realized that I was also looking at footprints of both Pumpkin, the other horses, and that dog. As we went along we found...what looks like drag marks, and the dog walking sideways. So...It makes me feel somewhat better knowing that I am not accusing an innocent animal that happened by Pumpkin, who died in the night or something and scavanged...Pumpkin FOUGHT FOR HIS LIFE. The drag marks go for quite aways. I am proud that Pumpkin tried so hard to save himself, and ashamed that I wasn't there to save him.

I will upload some of those pictures when hubby gets them to me. They are not graphic in any way, and just show the coincidence of dog print and horse together. Hubby says (and he's no hunter) that it looks like the stupid dog was chasing the other horses around too. Again, totally surprised my draft x didn't kill him...

The other crap thing is that, though we searched for bite marks on the horses, we didn't check them too well yesterday. My husband's rescue mare is barely able to walk, and by that I mean she doesn't really. She stands, but I didn't see her move more than a few feet today and it looks BAD. I was patting MY other rescue horse, Strider (he's a stunted 2 year old Foundation QH, tiny, tiny guy) and realized when he followed me that HE IS LIMPING TOO, just not even on the same level as Witch.

I am very worried about Witch, and we can't afford a vet call today. I am hoping my husband's check comes in, because I will call that vet out...and hope for good news. I swear, that stupid dog could have killed one horse and permanently injured 2 others! If the vet comes out and Witch is permanently damaged, I am suing that punk for her vet bills along with everything else! UGH! How the heck does this man sleep at night, and I can't?!

Somebody tell me some good news....

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RIP Pumpkin: 2012-8/26/13
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post #88 of 131 Old 08-27-2013, 11:04 AM Thread Starter
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I am so so sorry this happened to your pony.

We lived in heck for several years due to our neighbors dogs. We had goats and ever so often they would manage to get in and kill goats. We had spent thousands on fencing they could not get through but they still got under.

We finally took him to court and we won. I told our neighbor that if I didn't see his dogs out he could not pay us but IF I saw one out I would go after that money any way I could. So far I haven't seen one and that has been two years ago.

By the way in some counties you can sue for three times the value of the stock lost.
DISGUSTING that you had to wait so long for this guy to control his dogs...but I'm glad it had a happy ending, at least.

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RIP Pumpkin: 2012-8/26/13
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post #89 of 131 Old 08-27-2013, 11:28 AM
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I wish I had something magical to say. I struggle with the right words. May you find some comfort seeing the outpouring from folks from all over. May your family feel the thoughts and prayers.
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post #90 of 131 Old 08-27-2013, 11:42 AM
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If I were you I would be contacting the local paper or news agency and getting your story out to the public right away. The support that you will get through this will be huge and will help you with your fight either by getting this dog put away and having this owner banned from owning dogs again, but also support emotionally to get through this horrific situation.
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