Horse attacked by pit bull on trail

Horse attacked by pit bull on trail

Name: Carol Miller
Victim: Adult, Pet
Location: City park horse trail, Ohio
Year of attack: 2007

Tell us about the attack

The attack upon Blue, my horse, lasted 20 minutes and covered a mile. It was terminated by direct Park Ranger action. The attack was witnessed by hundreds of horrified park patrons.

The early part of our story was covered by a sympathetic blogger. Here is a link.

How has your life changed as a result of the attack?
Thirteen years after the attack the horse still has flashbacks and he is no longer sound. He is pretty much retired and a big, expensive pet. This is a huge waste, as he was a lovely and very talented six-year-old at the time of the attack. Blue was never able to be shown. He lives because none of this was his fault and he did not deserve to die.

I required major surgery to control my pain. Nobody can predict how long the pain control may last. Possibly the rest of my life, possibly not past tomorrow. I still have flashbacks from time to time as well. Pit bull attack victims don’t get their peaceful lives back.

Legal Consequences
There was an attempt to bring the pit bull into a densely populated suburb under falsified state documents, into a rental property, directly across the street from a school, and uninsured by claiming that the pit bull was suddenly a different breed. Local animal control was warned and the pit bull was ordered out of town. The pit bull owners sent the pit bull out of town, possibly out of state. She rode the Pit Bull Express to some other community putting innocent people at risk.

What would you like people to know as a result of your attack?
Pit bull attacks happen everywhere and anytime. No animal is too big to be safe from a pit bull attack. Attacks upon horses are as common as dirt and without immediate human intervention, a confined horse will die every time. Blue did not die because he had the opportunity to run.