Mini Me Mugged
Caution: Don't read this entry immediately after eating...it might make you ill.
Back on Dec 18th, just before university staff began their holiday break. We nearly lost our one-half white horse. We hear about dogs on the loose and dog attacks, but these stories really don’t hit home until something makes it personal. That day in December it got really personal for Mini Me and the Six White Horses program.
Mini Me was grazing in the HSU pasture when three neighborhood dogs, a Pit Bull with two half-grown pups, escaped from their yard, and viciously attacked him. Mini me sustained injuries to the nose, chin, throat, legs, and belly before former rider and HSU grad student Starla Bailiff just happened to come by to feed the horses. She saw the attack and chased the dogs away. Mini Me was in shock and trembling. It took some coaxing, but she was able to get him safety into the barn. The City of Abilene animal control unit picked up the dogs, and Mini Me spent the next week undergoing a variety of treatments for his wounds.
I really have to include this picture, not for any gratuitous shock value, but to show what can happen when an animal, with the potential for violence, is not adequately secured. In accordance with city statutes, the dogs' owner was assessed a fine and the dogs were returned; but, the older dog has already been seen running loose. The latest report from animal control is that the owner has been given until the 11th to find a secure home for the dogs or the city will sieze them.
Mini Me shortly after the attack
Until the pasture is again safe, Jones plans to keep Mini Me safely in the barn unless she can watch him. He's doing much better, but won't be able to accompany the Six White Horses team to the Sand Hills Rodeo in Odessa this evening.
For those who don't mind the drive, and haven't seen the new Six White Horses team, they will perform at the PRCA event tonight through Saturday in Odessa.
Since this is a blog, and readers can comment, I’d like to hear your opinions about the issue of loose dogs in general, and the attack on Mini Me in particular.
I promise the next entry will be more upbeat. We have an exciting Spring planned.