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Eight miniature horses killed in vicious dog attacks

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A Highlands farm has been struck by vicious dogs, the last attack taking the life of eight miniature horses and one donkey. In a report by the Boston Chronicle on Dec. 31, Jeanne McClanahan grieves and speaks about her horses and the dog attacks.

For one thing, McClanahan is puzzled by the attacks at her farm since she seems to be the only one in the area with dog attack problems.

The dogs that attacked her animals numbered three pitbulls or pitbull mixes. The three dogs killed three of the little horses and so severely injured four others that they had to be put out of their misery. One donkey was also euthanized as a result of the brutal attacks.

McClanahan, 54, has raised horses for over 26 years of her life. The little horses McClanahan raises are between 31 inches to 38 inches tall. The donkeys are also on the smaller side.

Apparently, the brutality of the dog attacks were horrible. The dogs would grab hold of an animal by the ears, rip them off and get to the horses’ throats, proceeding to rip them out. The most vulnerable of the animals were attacked first – the youngsters.

McClanahan estimates the worth of the horses was around $18,000 because they were excellent stock, producing broodmares and show horses.

The Veterinary Public Health Division of Harris County Public Health and Environmental Services did not come out directly after McClanahan contacted the organization. She then lost another animal to a dog attack. When someone finally did show up, McClanahan was given a live-animal trap but several times, the dogs avoided the trap.

McClanahan keeps close watch over her horse herd now. She carries a gun on her person each time she ventures outside. She remains ever vigilant.

Meanwhile, she hopes someone who may also be experiencing dog attacks, or someone that knows about these vicious dogs, will report to animal control. The number is 281-999-3191.

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