Owner saddled with bill after dog attack
PUBLISHED: 15:00 29 October 2010
AN ANIMAL-loving mother-of-two was left distraught after finding her beloved horse with bleeding wounds and teeth marks on its body.
After checking her pet, Passion, at 10am on October 18, Natasha Barter returned to the field in Elmsley Lane in Kewstoke at about 4.30pm, only to find the six-month-old had been set upon by a dog.
The housewife, who is training the animal for her and her children to ride, said the horse was lethargic and not her normal ‘nutty self’.
Natasha said: “A dog owner must have let their animal off the lead along the nearby public footpath and it attacked my horse.
“She had claw and puncture marks on her neck, nose and ankles and her rug was shredded and torn. You can see the fang marks in her neck and her leg is still very sore.
“There is no way the owner of that dog is not aware of what it did. You don’t just leave an animal suffering and in pain.”
The Worle resident was left with a £200 veterinary bill and Passion had to receive a tetanus jab, antibiotics and pain relief tablets for a few days after the attack.
The 39-year-old, of Silverberry Road, suspects the dog must have been of medium to large size as it was able to jump up on top of Passion’s back. She also believes it must belong to someone who has a good knowledge of the area as the footpath is not that well-known.
Natasha said her six-year-old daughter, Saphire, was also upset when she found out what had happened and is appealing to people to keep dogs on leads.
She added: “If anyone saw anything please let me know as if I can find out whose dog it was then they can pay the bill. People must keep their dogs on leads in public places.”
A police spokesman said that although this type of attack is rare, people should report such incidents. For more details contact the police’s community Horse Watch team.