Horse survives vicious dog attack

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Maxi, a five-year-old horse who resides at the Canyon Lake Equestrian Center, is recovering after being mauled by a dog during an early morning trail ride.

One of Maxi’s three bite wounds caused by the dog attack. She received two bites on her legs and one bite on her stomach. Photo provided by Dori Lowe

Maxi was playing in the water at the jump lagoon when her owner, Dori Lowe, first notice a woman with a dog off leash. Dori describes the dog as a pit bull mix. Thirty minutes later, Dori was on the trail behind the baseball fields when she spotted the woman and dog again.

Dori said she was riding Maxi when the dog ran up them and started biting on her boots. “The dog’s owner said her daughter use to have a horse and the dog loves to play with boots and stirrups,” said Dori.

Dori turned Maxi around with the hopes of getting the dog to go away. Instead of stopping, the dog grabbed Maxi’s tail and started pulling her. “Once the dog tore the tail wrap, the dog bit both of Maxi’s legs and her stomach,” said Dori. “I couldn’t get the dog to stop and the woman just stood there and watched.”

After the dog bit Maxi, it went for Dori. The dog tore her pants, grabbed her by her jacket and pulled her off the horse. Once Dori fell off the horse, the horse took off running towards the barn. “I turned around to look back at the women and she was just walking away back towards the jump lagoon,” said Dori.

Dori and Maxi on the riding trail behind the barn. Photo provided by Dori Lowe

Dr. McNeel happened to be at the barn when Maxi returned without her rider. He attended to her wounds immediately. “Fortunately when a horse runs to the barn without a rider, good friends are there to help,” said Dori.

Maxi suffered severe bite wounds to her stomach and both legs. Dori had scratch marks on her leg where the dog tore her pants.

After reporting the incident to the Riverside Police Department, Animal Control and Canyon Lake Community Patrol, Dori took to social media in hopes of finding the dog’s owner. Her efforts paid off. Dori discovered that the dog’s owner is a Canyon Lake resident who resides on Longhorn Dr. She reported the information to the authorities who located the owner.

According to Animal Friends of the Valleys Animal Control Officer Monique Middleton, the dog’s owner received a $100 Administrative Citation for violation of Running at Large and was put on a 36-month probation Public Safety Order. As a condition of probation, the dog must be on a leash no longer than six-feet and wear a muzzle when in public for the next three years. “These measures are taken to protect the public,” said the officer.

Officer Middleton confirmed that the dog was vaccinated and up-to-date on its shots, but was not licensed. The owner was cited for a license violation.

Dori said the dog’s owner has not reached out to her and, to her knowledge, has not been to the barn to check on Maxi.

Although Maxi’s wounds are beginning to heal, the horse is still traumatized and depressed, and reluctant to come out of her stall.

“She’s been taken off her pain medicine since her ulcers are also a concern. She’s on antibiotics for her open wounds,” said Dori. “We’re just trying to make her as comfortable as possible.”

Since the incident, Maxi has received many visitors at the barn. Dori said she is grateful for the support of the community and her friends at the barn.

“Maxi loves the attention and the carrots she’s been getting from the kids. It is so sweet to know that Maxi is loved by such kind people in the community.”

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  • Gabriel Barros

    pit bulls, again and again. Nothing new.

    • Dori Clemence

      Its not the pitbull its the owner. I have only owned pitbulls and I love them. If the dog looked like a jack Russel i would have said that. This is the OWNERS fault- the dog suffers because of her negligence. Sad.

      • Gabriel Barros

        poor management and containment of fighting breed dogs. this sort of thing is happening all the time and it’s always pit bull dogs.

        it is genetic and it is a problem.

      • Denise Duirway

        What?! Do you honestly think a Shepherd, Hound, or Retrieving type dog could have ripped a chunk out of your horse’s hindquarters like this fighting type dog did? All fighting, gripping type power breeds need to wear muzzles to prevent their extremely traumatizing Level 4 bites requiring staples and surgery. After being victimized how can you defend this choice of breed? It is like having Stockholm Syndrome and that is definitely sad.

        • Dori Clemence

          Listen up-this happened to ME and I could care less about your opinion about breeds. I am not spending my time defending ANY BREEDS . Owners are responsible for their animals just like they are responsible for their kids. All I care about is that my horse lives. Why don’t you read what my horse is going thru, what I have had to go thru. How rude and in compassionate can people be. I am doing everything I can to save my Maxi and get thru this without seeing disgusting comments that have nothing to do with the saving my horses life.

          • Gabriel Barros

            I can’t remember a time where a GSD killed a horse. Not even an attack that was newsworthy.

            March 22, 2014

            How many other animals did pit bulls kill last year?
            by Merritt Clifton

            Pit bulls killed 99%

            Pit bulls appear to have inflicted not less than 95% of the total fatal attacks on other animals (43,000). Altogether, pit bulls inflicted 96% of the fatal attacks on other dogs (11,520); 95% of the fatal attacks on livestock (5,700); 95% of the fatal attacks on small mammals and poultry (16,150); and 94% of the fatal attacks on cats (11,280).

            About 30,000 pit bulls were involved in attacks on other animals. There are about 3.2 million pit bulls in the U.S. at any given time, according to the my annual surveys of dogs offered for sale or adoption via online classified ads. Thus in 2013 about one pit bull in 107 killed or seriously injured another animal, compared with about one dog in 50,000 of other breeds.

  • Lisa

    Disgusting vile creatures! Sick of this daily sh*t. Everyone arm yourselves. it’s like the zombie apocalypse with these things. Increasing every single day.

    • dougeducate

      You mean the dog owners, right?

    • Amber

      I hope you mean the dog owner. 😱

  • $100 and a muzzle: “These measures are taken to protect the public,” … No, if they were protecting us, they would euthanize the beast and slap the woman with a real fine. Parking in a handicapped space where no one is getting ripped to shreds comes with a bigger fine than this!

    • keiser soze

      yes ,but use hollow point bullets and shot point blank, get trained and get a permit to carry concealed if your state allows it

    • DB Bell

      What’s the point of being a bully person, and choosing to acquire a bully dog, if you can’t let it attack others?

      BULLY people insist that they want their dogs to be treated equally.

      Bully people are generally psychopaths so are unable to experience empathy for bully dog victims.

      Let’s try this to help them understand. Decriminalize attacks ON pits bully dogs in all the same ways and places puts attack their victims.

      Chainsaws could readily duplicate pit type injuries on pits.

      Here we’ll use all the bully phrases, they use as they try to monger pits.

      “Now don’t be a hater!
      Lol!
      You hate what you don’t understand.
      If you haven’t lived with a pit killing human, you can’t judge.
      He’s never killed his own pit, he never kills people, he only breaks into other homes, yards, vans to kill other people’s pit bulls.

      He was only playing and your pit’s face fell off.

      People just don’t attack without reason, so what was your dog doing in her house that made him break in to kill her?

      These pits are much more likely to die because of pit owners’ neglect, abuse and abandonment than by chainsaw, so the chainsaw death of your pit inside her fenced yard doesn’t matter.

  • Theresa Thompson

    Other horse owners will appreciate how awful this is, emotionally and financially. It costs thousands to buy a horse, more thousands to train and keep a horse, I’m sure the vet bill was in the hundreds and now this poor woman can’t even enjoy what she pays so dearly for. Not to mention, it could take years to get this horse confident enough to ride out again. All of this because of some rank a@@ pit bull that shelters are literally giving away, and the idiot that owns it! I hope this woman sues her for everything she can get! Best wishes to poor Maxi.

    • KaD

      It costs alot LESS to have a gun with you and shoot the damn dog.

      • Wounded Gazelle

        Guns and dogs. Great

    • Dori Clemence

      Thank you. My horse suffers because of this negligent canyon lake/dog owner. That is the point.

      • Theresa Thompson

        I’m so very sorry for both you and poor Maxi. I’ve had horses for years and love trail riding. I fully understand the issues here. Please seek legal advice or even sue yourself in small claims, usually up to 3K. I cringe every time I read of an attack on a horse and there have been many. These dogs are out of control and their owners need more than small fines and citations! Good luck Dori, you’ll be in my thoughts.

      • Julie Edwards-Matanga

        Please pursue justice! How is this different than leaving the scene of a accdent with an automobile, that’s a felony! The dog should be euthanized!

        Wishing you and your horse a speedy recovery!

        • Amber

          Why should the dog be euthanized?!?! That’s like euthanizing a horse because bucked somebody off. The owner should be held responsible. Period.

          • Gabriel Barros

            You mean if a horse bucked a rider off then tried to maul him to death because pit bulls are trying to kill people and other living things.

          • Elizabeth Stone

            Once a dog bites (biting is an aggressive behavior) it will bite again. Once a dog attacks and draws blood it will do so again. Regardless of breed. This accident is all the dog owners fault. First, she shoukd have had her dog leashed, second, any good owner wouldn’t let their dog go up to someone’s horse they didn’t know and say , “my dog used to play with so and so’s horse (leaving the words, “so it’s OK if he plays with yours, uninvited” left unsaid). I used to work for a dog trainer that trained attack dogs for the police and military. He always said that the first time the dogs that he trained attacked or bit without a command to do so should be euthanized, whether it’s a person or animal because if that ever happened then the dog turned aggressive all on its own. I have 4 dogs…all different breeds and my dogs aren’t even allowed around my horses. I carry a taser and a small baseball bat whole trail riding. I wouldn’t hesitate at all to beat a dog if it went after me or my horse.

          • Gabriel Barros

            Then YOU pit bull pit bull attack fatality where the pit bull was trained to kill people.

            December 2016
            Cabell County, WVIsaiah Franklin, 6, Fatal pit bull attack

            September 2016
            Shawnee County, KS Piper Dunbar, 2 Fatal pit bull attack

            August 2016
            Jefferson County, CO Susan Shawl, 60 Fatal pit bull attack
            Clark County, NV Derion Stevenson, 9 Fatal pit bull attack
            Screven County, GA Michelle Wilcox, 30 Fatal pit bull attack

            July 2016
            Honolulu County, HI Crisencio Aliado, 52 Fatal pit bull attack
            Navajo County, AZ Kayden Begay, 3 Fatal pit bull attack
            Wayne County, MI Elizabeth Rivera, 71 Fatal pit bull attack

            June 2016
            Fresno County, CA Susie Kirby, < 1 Fatal dog attack involving pit bull(s)
            Penobscot County, ME Hunter Bragg, 7 Fatal pit bull attack
            San Joaquin County, CA Earl Stephens Jr., 43 Fatal pit bull attack

            May 2016
            Dallas County, TX Antoinette Brown, 52 Fatal pack attack involving pit bull(s)
            St. Louis County, MO Adonis Reddick, 45 Fatal pit bull attack

            April 2016
            San Diego County, CA Sebastian Caban, < 1 Fatal pit bull attack

            March 2016
            Lake County, FL Sonda Tyson, 66 Fatal pit bull attack
            Mecklenburg County, NC Bessie Flowers, 86 Fatal pit bull attack
            Thurston County, WA Gladys Alexander, 92 Fatal pack attack involving pit bull(s)

            Februrary 2016
            Perquimans County, NC Suzanne Story, 36 Fatal pit bull attack

            January 2016
            Robeson County, NC Talan West, 7 Fatal pit bull attack
            Grayson County, VA Payton Sawyers, 1 Fatal pit bull attack
            Yuba County, CA Tyler Trammell-Huston, 9 Fatal pit bull attack

      • HarveMorgan

        You and your horse are suffering because of the poor choice of canine by this woman. She could have chosen a safer breed. I’m not sure if it is ignorance or just plain stupidity. Take care of the both of you and wishes for a speedy recovery.

        • Amber

          The breed has nothing to do with it. It’s a dog with a negligent owner. Period!

          • HarveMorgan

            About 7,500 hoofed animals, poultry, and wildlife per year are killed by dogs, about 6,400 of them (85%) by pit bulls. Yep, I’d say it is a breed problem. If you want to say bad owners, then why do pits always have those bad owners.
            http://www.animals24-7.org/2017/01/11/record-32550-pit-bulls-killed-or-badly-injured-other-animals-in-the-u-s-in-2016/

          • Gabriel Barros

            Your comment, “The breed has nothing to do with it.”

            These people can no longer voice their opinion on the pit bull problem.

            December 2014
            Portage, IN Edward L. Cahill, 40, Fatal pit bull attack (Christmas Day)
            Corpus Christi, TX Rita Woodard, 64 Fatal pit bull attack

            November 2014
            Robeson County, NC Alemeaner Dial, 83 Fatal pit bull attack

            October 2014
            Stanislaus County, CA Juan Fernandez, 54 Fatal pit bull attack

            September 2014
            Sharp County, AR Alice Payne, 75 Fatal pit bull attack
            Benton County, MS David Glass Sr., 51 Fatal pit bull attack

            August 2014
            Miami-Dade County, FL Javon Dade Jr., 4 Fatal pit bull attack
            St. Charles County, MO Deriah Solem, < 2 Fatal pit bull attack
            Levy County, FL Joel Chirieleison, 6 Fatal pit bull attack
            Butler County, OH Cindy Whisman, 59 Fatal pit bull attack

            July 2014
            Montgomery County, OH Johnathan Quarles, Jr., < 1 Fatal pit bull attack
            Hillsborough County, FL Logan Sheppard, 4 Fatal pit bull attack

            May 2014
            New Haven County, CT Rita Pepe, 93 Fatal pit bull attack
            Kent County, DE Kasii Haith, 4 Fatal pit bull attack
            Lee County, AL Katie Morrison, 20 Fatal pit bull attack

            April 2014
            Highlands County, FL Jessica Norman, 33 Fatal pit bull attack
            Bexar County, TX Petra Aguirre, 83 Fatal pit bull attack
            St. Clair County, AL John Harvard, 5 Fatal pit bull attack

            March 2014
            Kaufman County, TX Dorothy Hamilton, 85 Fatal pit bull attack
            Holmes County, MS Christopher Malone, 3 Fatal pit bull attack
            Terrebonne Parish, LA Mia DeRouen, 4 Fatal pit bull attack
            Maricopa County, AZ Nancy Newberry, 77 Fatal pit bull attack

            February 2014
            Guilford County, NC Braelynn Coulter, 3 Fatal pit bull attack
            Bell County, TX Je'vaeh Mayes, 2 Fatal pit bull attack

            January 2014
            McLean County, IL Kara Hartrich, 4 Fatal pit bull attack
            Comal County, TX Betty Clark, 75 Fatal pit bull attack
            Harris County, TX Christina Bell, 43 Fatal pit bull attack

      • Connie Hughes

        Dori – I’m so sorry this happened to you and Maxi. An off leash Pit Bull attacked my horse this year during a trail ride, while the owner and the other 3 adults that were with her just stood there watching. My horse was not damaged like Maxi. I hope that you go after her to pay all your vet bills and your clothes that were damaged by the dog. Maxi is just gorgeous and I hope she makes a full recovery physically and mentally.

        • Gabriel Barros

          Pit bull owners enjoy the pain, suffering, and drama pit bulls so easily provide.

  • Ed Marth

    In the US a pit bull kills a person every 17 days. They are weapons that can pull their own trigger.

    • keiser soze

      Our Pets Were Attacked by pit bulls – facebook group

  • keiser soze

    How come most “pittie“ owners never stay at the scene of the attack , or come back to do the right thing after their little mischievous angels rip someone to shreds ? or pay for any medical , vet bills? pit owners like this lady reminds me of something I used to think about , I used to be baffled about serial killers in prison getting marriage proposals from women around the country , now this answers my question, probably most women that own pits are the type of women that would write to these serial killers

    • dougeducate

      Congratulations! You are today’s “Stupidest Response” award winner! Let me guess, did one of your prison pen pals turn you down?

      • keiser soze

        my comments are often “click and bait“ to make pit advocates like you respond, not to be there just listening .There is always a pitiot listening

        • dougeducate

          Sweetheart, I am not a pit advocate. I think they are dangerous. However, your “serial killer/women how own pit bulls” nonsense is what earned you the “Stupidest Response” award.

          • keiser soze

            how about pit owners never taking responsibility for medical bills ? or running away from the scene of the incident? or going to the police department later to report what their undogs have done? that was the first thing I mentioned in my post, sweetheart , you by choice , omitted that part, speaks volumes of who you are

          • dougeducate

            I was just talking about your idiotic statement I previously mentioned. However, your use of the word “never” proves you are just an over-exaggerating drama queen.

          • keiser soze

            pits owners never stay at the incident scenes is a fact , the only reason they sometimes stay is because there are too many witnesses or somebody recording them with their phone, even then ,they still take off . you are not here for the sympathy of the horse or the owner , was is your purpose here , pit advocate and pit owner? do pit owners ever pay for medical bills? or are you just here trolling , just dissecting every word in every comment I make , who`s the drama queen?

          • dougeducate

            You poor, poor thing. Again, my comment was about your idiotic statement about female pit owners are the ones marrying serial killers in prison. That was it. Are you really this dumb or just trying to redirect because you now realize how stupid that statement was? I am neither advocate or owner. My comment had NOTHING to do with pit bulls. Do you understand?

          • keiser soze

            thank you for admitting you are just a troll, and a sociopath , still no sympathy for the owner of the horse

          • dougeducate

            Never said that. Are you really this dimwitted? Nothing, absolutely nothing I have posted would indicate a lack of sympathy for the horse OR owner. You however just implied you had sympathy for the owner, but left out the horse. Do you not care about the injuries, trauma and pain the horse is in? Who is the sociopath here? No sympathy for an innocent animal? Let me try to explain it to you one more time. I was not commenting on the horse or person being attacked. I was replying to your comment, not the article itself. Do you get it now? One of two things in true here. You are either dimwitted, or are just trying to redirect because you know your comment was idiotic. I am beginning to believe it is the dimwit scenario. I am done with you, sweetie.

          • keiser soze

            you waste your time responding with dimwits? go get a life, buffoon

          • dougeducate

            And you waste your time responding to buffoons. Thanks for confirming my conclusion, dimwit.

          • keiser soze

            hopefully you`ll get attacked by a pit bull , and get your face ripped off , then you will experience that pit owners ,never pay for victims medical bills and suffering

          • Dori Clemence

            How about focusing on the point of this article. It hapoened to my horse and I. My horse has severe injuries because of a negligent dog owner.

          • dougeducate

            Because I was responding to a comment, not the article. I have said over and over again that I am not an advocate for pit bulls and I think they are dangerous. I was not the one that made the idiotic comment about women and serial killers. Maybe you should direct your comment to that guy.

          • Dori Clemence

            Tell me who to direct my comment to please and I will.

          • Dori Clemence

            You are right! That is the point of this. It happened to me! My horse is severely injured and the owner pays $100 fine?

          • Dori Clemence

            We pay more to have our trees trimmed than what this woman had to pay.

          • DB Bell

            I’m sure some of the insanity of saving murderers and dig murdering pits are linked.

            And it seems to me that Munchausen’s by proxy also is involved.

            Bully people (men and women) must have misunderstood, abused, tortured, murderous, suffering dying pits so they can rescue them.

            That’s why they refuse any ways to reduce the pit crisis.

            More suffering dying and killing pit bulls is good for their need to “defend” the poor misunderstood pibbles.

          • dougeducate

            I am sure you do, drama queen.

          • Gabriel Barros

            After reading a few of your comments you appear to be a pit bull “advocate” because most of what you’ve done here is insult people, a typical pit bull “advocate” tactic. Absurd you chose such a username.

          • dougeducate

            Nope, don’t have one, don’t want one. I think they are dangerous. So you also see the correlation between female pit bull owners being the same women that write and marry convicted serial killers? That was my one and only point, how ridiculous that was. Sorry if you simpletons can only have one thought at a time. That is not an insult, just an observation based on your responses. My username is perfect. I spend most of my time trying to explain simple conversation to people like you. My fault for not just giving up and realizing you can only engage in one line of conversation at a time.

          • Gabriel Barros

            Your comment, “So you also see the correlation between female pit bull owners being the same women that write and marry convicted serial killers? That was my one and only point, how ridiculous that was.”

            March 16, 2009 – Psychological Characteristics Owners of High Risk for Aggression Dog Breeds

            “The high risk dog owners had nearly 10 times more criminal convictions than other dog owners. Breaking the data down by categories of criminal behavior they found that high risk dog owners were 6.8 times more likely to be convicted of an aggressive crime, 2.8 times more likely to have carried out a crime involving children, 2.4 times more likely to have perpetrated domestic violence, and 5.4 times more likely to have an alcohol related conviction when compared to low risk dog owners.”

            “In general high risk dog breed owners were significantly more likely to engage in sensation seeking and risky behaviors. As a group they were also more careless, selfish and had stronger manipulative tendencies.”

          • dougeducate

            Uh, none of that backs up the OP comment. Great waste of time though. Care to throw out anymore nonsense?

          • Gabriel Barros

            If you can’t understand that poor decision making seems to be a common trait in pit bull ownership and so is dating a convicted felon I don’t know what I can do for you. Not to mention the other traits such as carelessness and “sensation seeking behaviors”.

            Come on, you didn’t pick up on that?

          • keiser soze

            you have failed reading comprehension it seems , this is what I posted“ pit owners like this lady reminds me of something I used to think about , I used to be baffled about serial killers in prison getting marriage proposals from women around the country , now this answers my question, probably most women that own pits are the type of women that would write to these serial killers“ again buffoon PITS OWNERS LIKE THIS LADY, is that clear enough for you , or you defend her actions? any normal human being would take responsibility for their pets aggression , pay medical bills and euthanize their pet , but what did she do? the typical pit-n-run

          • dougeducate

            I just wanted to let all you precious little flowers know that I get bored with your nonsense and end up blocking you so I don’t have to see your ridiculous responses anymore. So if I stop replying, please don’t be sad…little delicate flower…I just don’t care what you have to say anymore.

          • Rabbitsandwiches1

            I like how you’re calling other people precious little flowers when you’re the one who got butt-blasted by someone’s non-offensive comment. lol

          • dougeducate

            What are you taking about? I didn’t get “butt-blasted” by anything (although I bet you would enjoy a good butt-blasting yourself). I was just pointing out how stupid his scenario was. Nice try, sweetcheeks.

          • Gabriel Barros

            HUE HUE HUE!

          • Gabriel Barros

            I’m sorry that pit bulls mauling and killing other living things bores you. We’ll try to make it more exciting next time around.

            Oh, an elderly woman was bull-baited by her tenant’s pit bull dog. Guess how that ended. AND he claims his pibble “never showed signs of aggression”.

            So typical. Again, sorry if that bores you.

        • dougeducate

          BTW, “click and bait” isn’t a thing. It’s click bait. You have to bait them before they click, therefor “click and bait” is completely erroneous. Nevertheless, your comment wasn’t click bait either. Poor thing, bless your heart.

      • Sonja Nelson Kissman Brown

        Dougeducate, why are you on this site? After reading all of your crappy, irrational and non empathic words, you clearly to me are a sh*t disturber! You seem to only want to engage these people to argue and insult them. Who do YOU think you are? I highly doubt you are educated like you name implies.
        Your so tough that you have to block all of your information? Your pathetic and a pussy! You are the drama queen! Maybe your just the queen.
        Go back to your trailer park and climb back under your garbage can.

        • dougeducate

          Why are you on this site? Maybe you should go find another name to add to your pretentious profile.

          • Sonja Nelson Kissman Brown

            As soon as I bury another husband I WILL add another name to my profile. I have seen a lot of loss from cancer but that would not matter to you. I do not “hide” behind a fake name. Why don’t you use your real name? Or are you afraid that one of the people you insult may come after you? It was my intention to insult you as a return favor. That does not make me a hypocrite.
            It has come to my attention that you only know how to insult and PLAY devils advocate, not just on this site but others as well. Your legal background is aweful too. You have only insight fights to make your self feel better.
            You are a pathetic individual and I feel sorry for you. I guess your mother and father never taught you respect or decency. Shame on them.
            So you have a blessed day because I know I will.

          • dougeducate

            Are you serious? Committing an action that you have criticized someone about is the very definition of being a hypocrite. I get it now, you add another name to yours to elicit sympathy. Pathetic. You can take your passive aggressive “have a blessed day” and shove it up your fat a. Legal background? I have never claimed a legal background. So you are a hypocrite and a liar (you have no idea what I do on other sights, because my activity is hidden). So you are a liar, you use the death of loved ones to seek out sympathy and a self-confessed hypocrite. Want to add anything else? BTW, my mother and father did a great job. They didn’t raise a person that dishonors loved ones that have passed with obvious attempts to elicit sympathy, a liar or a hypocrite. Seems the failure is with your parents. Lastly, I don’t use my real name because of people like you.

        • dougeducate

          Psst, another thing you might have missed. You just insulted me and argued. Hypocrite. Speaking of education, you need to figure out “your” and “you’re”.

    • Amber

      Ummm 🤦🏻‍♀️

      Pit Bull Terriers don’t even make the top five list of most dog bite attacks.

      1. Chihuahua
      2. Dashhund
      3. Chow
      4. Doberman Pincher
      5. Dalmatian
      6. Rottweiler
      7. Jack Russell
      8. German Shepard

      Please don’t damn a breed because of a reputation. That’s no different than saying all Arabian horses are crazy and should never be allowed around children because they are psycho.

      • Gabriel Barros

        Your comment, “Pit Bull Terriers don’t even make the top five list of most dog bite attacks.”

        Fatal GSD, Golden Retriever, Rottweiler, Laborador Retriever, Border Collie, Chihuahua, French Bulldog, Great Dane attacks on humans.

        2015 Fatal Attacks by ALL other breeds = 1
        2015 Fatal Attacks by ALL sharks = 1
        2015 Fatal Attacks by pit bull dogs = 20

        December 2015
        Butte County, CA Maria Torres, 57 Fatal pit bull attack
        St. Clair County, MI Rebecca Hardy, 22 Fatal pit bull attack
        Wayne County, MI Xavier Strickland, 4 Fatal pit bull attack

        November 2015
        Oneida County, NY Carter Hartle, < 1 Fatal pit bull attack
        Nassau County, NY Amiyah Dunston, 9 Fatal pit bull attack

        October 2015
        Oklahoma County, OK Edgar Brown, 60 Fatal pit bull attack
        Orange County, TX Tanner Smith, 5 Fatal pit bull attack

        September 2015
        Salton Sea, CA Emilio Rios Sr., 65, Fatal pit bull attack

        August 2015
        Cooleemee, NC Cathy Wheatcraft, 48, Fatal pit bull attack
        Spartanburg, SC Nicole Cartee, 25, Fatal pit bull attack

        July 2015
        Redbird, OK Carolyn Sue Lamp 67, Fatal pit bull attack
        Shaker Heights, OH Annie Williams, 71, Fatal pit bull attack
        Henderson County, SC Joshua Strother, 6, Fatal pit bull attack
        Pecos, TX Norberto Legarda, 83 Fatal pit bull attack

        June 2015
        Comanche County, OK Jordan Collins-Tyson, 3 Fatal Pit bull attack

        May 2015
        Cook County, IL James Nevils III, 5 Fatal pit bull attack
        Canyon Lake, TX Gaege Ramirez, 7 Fatal pit bull attack

        April 2015
        Dallas County, TX Brayden Wilson, < 1 Fatal pit bull attack
        Nye County, NV Kenneth Ford, 79 Fatal pit bull attack

        March 2015
        Jefferson County, AR De'trick Johnson, 36 Fatal pit bull attack
        Ohio County, WV Roy Higgenbotham Jr., 62 Fatal pit bull attack
        Sulphur Springs, TX Betty Wood, 78, Fatal Rottweiler attack

        February 2015
        Allegheny County, PA TayLynn DeVaughn, 2 Fatal pit bull attack
        Coal Hill, AK Frederick Crutchfield, 63, Fatal pit bull attack

        January 2015
        Page County, IA Malaki Mildward, 7 Fatal pit bull attack
        Hernando County, FL Declan Moss, 18-months Fatal pit bull attack
        Frederick County, MD Eugene Smith, 87 Fatal pit bull attack

  • Joseph T. Espinosa

    Pit bull owner here. Nonetheless, let’s be truthful. Pit bulls were bred under strong selective pressure for hundreds of years to attack and kill other animals. They are about 5% of dogs kept as pets yet are responsible for over 90% of serious attacks on people and other animals, killing over 40 animals a day and a person every 17 days in the US, seriously injuring many more in both categories. Their manner attacking with little warning, biting, shaking and great refusal to release is what allows them to do so much damage in a short amount of time. About 1 in 40 pit bulls is involved in a serious attack compared to about 1 in 50,000 dogs of all other breeds combined. They are the most abused, neglected, fought, abandoned and euthanized dogs in the country. Breed specific legislation can turn off this faucet of tragedy.

    • dougeducate

      Liar. You don’t own a pit bull. Care to explain why you have posted this exact thing over and over again?

      • DB Bell

        So you DO WANT Tom Garner to continue pumping out game insane dog killer pits and shipping them all over the country?

        You do want dog fighting to continue and increase?

        Joseph Colby, pit bull breeder fancier fighter author wrote “inasmuch as dog fighting is illegal…as long as these dogs are bred there will be pit contests to prove who owns the better fighting dog.”

        Colby was right. But he also tells us how to end dog fighting. Stop breeding fighting dogs.

        But thanks to sadistic bully mongerers, dog fighting continues and grows.

        • dougeducate

          What are you rambling on about? I was just pointing out that the OP was a liar and has copied and pasted his response all over the place…word for word. Get a grip, sweetcheeks.

          • Rabbitsandwiches1

            How does the fact that he copied and pasted a statement prove he doesn’t own a pit bull?

          • dougeducate

            Sorry if you don’t understand simple logic. Go get buttblasted.

  • David H.

    $100 fine. The laws need to change so that serious criminal charges are levied for these attacks. The apologists consistently say it is not the dogs but irresponsible owners. How are irresponsible owners deterred with this sort of mild sanction? And that is after actually finding the person. She left without seeing how badly injured the victim was and also leaving her to endure the series of rabies shots.

  • DB Bell

    We need new laws to make people care enough to prevent THAT FIRST ATTACK or loose their dog privileges for LIFE.

    All the owners, handlers, and users of dogs that severely injure or kill dogs, humans, domesticated animals and cats away from the dog’s property should be charged with aggravated animal abuse and CRUELTY and banned from any dog ownership for LIFE.

    Since the convicted animal abusers won’t have any dog related expenses, fines and restitution can be repaid more readily.

    The FBI tracks animal abusers to that can become the national registry.

    Signs must be posted “no dogs permitted.”

    Any dogs later found on the property will be immediately confiscated.

    Publicized and enforced, this breed neutral affordable law will begin to make dog owners handlers users care enough to prevent attacks such as this horrific atrocity. And recidivism will be greatly reduced.

  • Sonja Nelson Kissman Brown

    So very sorry this happened to the horse Maxi and her owner. As a fellow horse owner and can only image how horrible the attack was! The vet bills will be ugly. I hope she can get some money from that idiot pit bull owner! Hoping for a speedy recovery to both horse and owner!

    • Dori Clemence

      This is not a direct comnent to you- i meant it to be a public comment. Sorry Sonja.
      I dont know why people are talking about pitbulls when this article is about me and my horse. My horse is suffering unnecessarily and rather than show support for Maxi all most people are talking about is the dog that is a pitbull . Who cares. Right now i want my horses pain to stop. I want her to get to go play in her turn out . I want her to be able to go a day without pain medication. I dont want to cry while i see her pain in her eyes. I want Maxi to have her hapoy life back. I am doing what legally needs to be done. So stop talking about the dog and give positive thoughts for Maxi. She is the victim here and she doesnt deserve to go thru this.

      • Gabriel Barros

        Your comment, “I dont know why people are talking about pitbulls when this article is about me and my horse.”

        March 22, 2014

        How many other animals did pit bulls kill last year?
        by Merritt Clifton

        Pit bulls killed 99%

        Pit bulls appear to have inflicted not less than 95% of the total fatal attacks on other animals (43,000). Altogether, pit bulls inflicted 96% of the fatal attacks on other dogs (11,520); 95% of the fatal attacks on livestock (5,700); 95% of the fatal attacks on small mammals and poultry (16,150); and 94% of the fatal attacks on cats (11,280).

        About 30,000 pit bulls were involved in attacks on other animals. There are about 3.2 million pit bulls in the U.S. at any given time, according to the my annual surveys of dogs offered for sale or adoption via online classified ads. Thus in 2013 about one pit bull in 107 killed or seriously injured another animal, compared with about one dog in 50,000 of other breeds.

      • Sonja Nelson Kissman Brown

        No worries Dori! I think you know my cousins Kerri and Bill S. I’m so very sorry this happened to you and Maxi! I hope that Maxi pulls through. I’m sure it will take a ton of rehabbing. Kerri said there was nerve damage.
        I live in northern Cali but I’m sending you thoughts and prayers to you and Maxi everyday!
        I hope to meet you and Maxi my next trip down there! God bless!

        • dougeducate

          Ah yes, the very helpful “thoughts and prayers”. So effective! You must be so proud of yourself for doing something! So heroic! I am going to add a bunch of names to my name so I can be just like you! Signed, Doug Elliot Winsor McUffie Kissmya III

      • dougeducate

        Yes, because I am sure Maxi is reading all these comments and it is very upsetting to her! Boohoohoo Psst, this is a public discussion board. If people want to talk about pit bulls, they can.

        • Dori Clemence

          I cannot believe the terrible hurtful things people say. Poor Maxi can’t read this so she had to undergo surgery yesterday. A painful one. She is a kind, gentle animal and I will make sure that dog and owner feel the pain they deserve for doing this but stop intentionally saying things that you know will only make me and this situation worse. I have a life to protect right now and that is Maxi after that I am going to make sure that dog with the horrible owner doesn’t do this again and probably kill someone. This is a public discussion board and it is about MY HORSE AND WHAT HAPPENED TO MY HORSE AND MYSELF ONLY.

          • Gabriel Barros

            It’s almost always pit bulls mauling and killing pets and livestock. What people are upset about it you seeming to deny this with the “it’s the owner” belief. While it’s true, what is more significant is the plethora of pit bull attacks on other living things.

            Your horse is one of MANY mauled and killed by pit bull dogs. If you can’t accept this and honestly believe the pit bull owner “trained” his pit bull to kill horses than I don’t know what I can say for you to understand.

            It’s not all about YOU and your horse, it’s about preventing the deed by banning “the breed” or at least regulating them. It not only creates less victims but it’s also good for the pit bull dog.

          • Denise Duirway

            I am sorry for what you are going through as I own a horse too (Dancer) and had to remove her from an abusive situation that she recovered from fully and went on to have 3 colts and win 3 Endurance Races as she is a purebred Arabian.

            As a retired Paralegal and Dog / horse trainer; I think you should contact renowned dog bite victim’s attorney and Judge, Ken Phillips at Dogbitelaw com to get full Justice and restitution.

  • Emu Cat

    Pits should never be allowed near other animals. They are too dangerous. It is not if they will attack and try to kill but when. I would never allow one my property….or have my horses near one.
    Sounds like a great lawsuit to come, I sure hope so.

    • Gabriel Barros

      The horse’s owner is ONLY concerned with her and her horse.

      Dori’s comment, “This is a public discussion board and it is about MY HORSE AND WHAT HAPPENED TO MY HORSE AND MYSELF ONLY.”

      And chooses to ignore the plethora of victims by the infamous pit bull dog. It’s difficult for me to sympathize with people like this.

  • Emu Cat

    The lawsuit should pay for all vet costs and much more. Sue the hell out of them. It is well known pits are killers.

  • I think there is 100% liability of the dog owner. I would pursue a civil suit – I am not quick to say Sue – but in this case, you have lost a Lot – the suit should include the cost of the horse trailer!!!

    But I would NOT blame the breed of dog. I saw the exact same behavior from a shepherd cross – people found it as a stray, and it seemed OK – but when they got a horse from me, the dog Charged into the corral and tore into Tortuga. Fortunately my mare kicked the dog and made it back off. But still she was bitten in 15 places, with one long tear right where the girth would go.

    Those owners put that dog to sleep. They said there was No reason to risk another animal or worse yet a child. But it was a shepherd, NOT a pit bull. The behavior can happen in Any breed.

    • Gabriel Barros

      Your comment, “The behavior can happen in Any breed.”

      Pit bulls kills more than all other breeds COMBINED. There is no more murderous dog than the pit bull fighting dog.

      These people can no longer voice their opinion on the pit bull problem.

      December 2014
      Portage, IN Edward L. Cahill, 40, Fatal pit bull attack (Christmas Day)
      Corpus Christi, TX Rita Woodard, 64 Fatal pit bull attack

      November 2014
      Robeson County, NC Alemeaner Dial, 83 Fatal pit bull attack

      October 2014
      Stanislaus County, CA Juan Fernandez, 54 Fatal pit bull attack

      September 2014
      Sharp County, AR Alice Payne, 75 Fatal pit bull attack
      Benton County, MS David Glass Sr., 51 Fatal pit bull attack

      August 2014
      Miami-Dade County, FL Javon Dade Jr., 4 Fatal pit bull attack
      St. Charles County, MO Deriah Solem, < 2 Fatal pit bull attack
      Levy County, FL Joel Chirieleison, 6 Fatal pit bull attack
      Butler County, OH Cindy Whisman, 59 Fatal pit bull attack

      July 2014
      Montgomery County, OH Johnathan Quarles, Jr., < 1 Fatal pit bull attack
      Hillsborough County, FL Logan Sheppard, 4 Fatal pit bull attack

      May 2014
      New Haven County, CT Rita Pepe, 93 Fatal pit bull attack
      Kent County, DE Kasii Haith, 4 Fatal pit bull attack
      Lee County, AL Katie Morrison, 20 Fatal pit bull attack

      April 2014
      Highlands County, FL Jessica Norman, 33 Fatal pit bull attack
      Bexar County, TX Petra Aguirre, 83 Fatal pit bull attack
      St. Clair County, AL John Harvard, 5 Fatal pit bull attack

      March 2014
      Kaufman County, TX Dorothy Hamilton, 85 Fatal pit bull attack
      Holmes County, MS Christopher Malone, 3 Fatal pit bull attack
      Terrebonne Parish, LA Mia DeRouen, 4 Fatal pit bull attack
      Maricopa County, AZ Nancy Newberry, 77 Fatal pit bull attack

      February 2014
      Guilford County, NC Braelynn Coulter, 3 Fatal pit bull attack
      Bell County, TX Je'vaeh Mayes, 2 Fatal pit bull attack

      January 2014
      McLean County, IL Kara Hartrich, 4 Fatal pit bull attack
      Comal County, TX Betty Clark, 75 Fatal pit bull attack
      Harris County, TX Christina Bell, 43 Fatal pit bull attack

      • often dogs are called pit bulls and they are mixed breeds – but it is easy to just label any short haired dog a pit bull. Breed specific legislation is stupid – breed hatred is Canine Racism. Rottweilers kill. Mastiffs kill. I think we need laws to limit who gets to own a dog – of ANY SIZE OR BREED. I know you feel differently and no way will I convince you otherwise, but I am sad that people like you hate a breed that actually can be sweet, loving, and devoted. Think about the dog in Spanky and Our Gang – THAT was the first registered American Pit Bull Terrier. The dog that hung out with a bunch of little kids. Don’t blame the breed, blame the Idiot owners.

        • Gabriel Barros

          A “pit bull,” is defined as any dog that is an American Pit Bull Terrier, American Staffordshire Terrier, Staffordshire Bull Terrier, or any dog displaying the majority of physical traits of any one (1) or more of the above breeds, or any dog exhibiting those distinguishing characteristics which substantially conform to the standards established by the American Kennel Club or United Kennel Club for any of the above breeds. Dias v. City & County of Denver, 567 F.3d 1169, 1173 (10th Cir. Colo. 2009)

          THE STATE OF OHIO, APPELLANT,t v. ANDERSON, APPELLEE.
          Pit bull dogs possess unique and readily identifiable physical and behavioral traits which are capable of recognition both by dog owners of ordinary intelligence and by enforcement personnel. Consistent and detailed descriptions of the pit bull dog may be found in canine guidebooks, general reference books, state statutes and local ordinances, and state and federal case law dealing with pit bull legislation. By reference to these sources, a dog owner of ordinary intelligence can determine if he does in fact own a dog commonly known as a pit bull dog within the meaning of R.C. 955.11 (A)(4)(a)(iii).

  • szhooper

    That’s why I carry ~ that dog wouldn’t have been around to do it again. I’ve been on the receiving end of a similar attack (german shepards) and they didn’t get back up. I hope this lovely mare heals quickly and the dog’s owner faces a huge fine and jail time!