I wish all dog/horse encounters were like this...
But they aren't
If you google around even a little, you'll find article of dog attacks on horses. When I say attack, I don't mean dogs chasing, or dogs barking, or dogs herding. These are attacks where horses experience traumatic, and sometimes life-ending, injuries. I always thought serious dog attacks on horses were rare. I was wrong.
Pit bulls and Rottweilers
Many people will argue that pit bulls and Rottweilers can make wonderful pets. I can't understand why anyone would bring such a safety hazard into their home. However nice an individual dog might be, these animals are bred to be aggressive and tenacious. Statistically these breeds are by far the most likely of any breed to attack humans and large animals. Pit bulls and Rottweilers are responsible for over 70% of fatal attacks on humans (dogbite.com), and they are almost always the predator involved in sustained attacks on livestock.
My eyes are opened
I had always thought that horses -- as big and powerful as they are -- would kick the crap out of any dog that crossed them. Doing the research for this article shocked me into the reality of how vulnerable our horses (and cats, dogs, and children for that matter). There's no other way to say this -- when they attack they can inflict MASSIVE tissue damage. They can and do bring down large animals and kill them. Even more alarming, the "attack" dog breeds carry out sustained attacks, going after multiple animals in a herd. If you have the stomach for graphic photos of injuries, view the Dogbite.com report on livestock attacks. Laws to protect our citizenry, property, and pets are badly needed.
The list that made itself
I wish I could say this list took time to compile, that I had to ferret out these articles. It was like shooting fish in a barrel. I found these articles with almost no effort at all, and there are many more I omitted for the sake of brevity. Articles that represent different kinds of attacks, victims, and unique situations are included here...
Dog Attacks on Livestock and Horses January May 2008 , Dogbite.com report
Dog attacks horse, kicks woman Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Online, Wisconsin
Dog attacks horses, fatally injures one, Baltimore Sun
Dog attacks horse, throws cop, San Francisco
Horse euthanized after dog attack, Livingston Community News (near Ann Arbor, MI)
Mastiff mix bites horse, drops it to the ground Eagle Tribune
Boulder County horse dies after dog attack , Boulder County Metro Pulse
Pit bull attacks horse on Burnaby trail, from Canada.com
Pit bull attacks horse, rider, Peacearchnews.com
Pit bull attacks horse in Maryland, Youtube video of Maryland TV report
Boy suffers facial scars after dogs attack pony while riding, Horseandhound.com
Dog attacks Miami police horse, Miami Herald
Dogs attack horses at Maple Valley sanctuary, Seattle Times
Dogs and horses: Predators and prey, from The Horse.com
Second miniature horse dies from dog attack, Houston Chronicle
Dog attacks on horses, Australia Weekly Online
Two police horses injured in dog attack in Essex (UK, Horse and Hound online)
Dog's caretaker charged in attack on horse and rider Cleveland Plain Dealer
Dogs attack horses on Washington farm Seattle Times
Residents urge tougher dog laws after 2 horses killed Lubbock Online
Pit bull kills horse
Dog attack leaves horse with severe injuries Daily Echo
Horse injured in dog attack News Post Leader (Blyth, Northumberland , UK)
Vicious dog attack leaves Monty hurt
Joey Porter's dogs gets loose, kills miniature horse (Pittsburgh, PA)
Dog Attacks Horse, Abc11.com (North Carolina)
More than 200 dogs attacks on livestock in the UK , Horsetalk.com
Horse goes lame after dog attack on Epsom Downs (From Surrey Comet)
Worthing horse riders terrified after dog attack, The Argus
Dog unleashes vicious attack on horse in South Jersey
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