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Feb
08

Pit bulls attack 4 miniature horses, killing 1

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LUBBOCK — A miniature horse used for therapeutic healing was killed and four others were injured Thursday after an attack by two pit bull terriers.

The horses, whic each weigh between 100 and 150 pounds, suffered bites to their legs, bodies and faces, said Kevin Overstreet, Animal Services director.

Oreo was killed. Honor was taken to a veterinary hospital in Wolfforth where the horse was described as stable. Sparkles, Pepper Jack and Jolly were taken to a veterinary hospital in Littlefield for treatment.

The owners of the pit bulls have signed the animals over to Lubbock Animal Services. The dogs will be euthanized, Overstreet told the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal for its Thursday online editions.

Kim Sparks and her sister-in-law own the horses and help run Hearts and Hooves of Lubbock, a nonprofit organization that brings miniature horses indoors to people who need therapeutic healing.

Sparks said the organization has had to cancel several upcoming appointments to focus on getting the four surviving horses back on their feet.

She said a passer-by knocked on her door Thursday morning to let her know that two pit bulls had broken into their stable. By the time Sparks and her family got to there, the dogs had gone.

“I’ve just never seen anything like that before,” she said.

A member of the Sparks family found the dogs wandering through the neighborhood and put them in a kennel before Animal Services officers took them to the Lubbock Animal Shelter. The pit bulls weigh about 60 pounds each.

The dogs’ owners, who live a few blocks away from the Sparks family, were identified though a microchip found on one of the dogs, Overstreet said.

Animal Services officials are investigating and the Lubbock County District Attorney will decide if any charges will be filed against the dogs’ owners.

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