A miniature pony is dead after being attacked by three reported pit bulls on Sunday at the Fire & Ice Horse Farm.
Piper sustained severe injuries to his eyes and throat in the attack and died Monday at 5 a.m. Lake City Animal Control has seized one of the three reported pit bulls.
He was popularly known in his community as a rehabilitation animal that helped abused horses adjust to their new life.
Piper gave rides to kids at the local Subway restaurant off U.S. Highway 27 and often provided entertainment for children’s birthday parties.
Annie Martin, owner of Fire & Ice Horse Farm, a horse rescue and retraining facility in Fort White, dedicates her life to rehabilitating malnourished, abused and injured horses. She never thought one of her own would become a victim.
“I went out to feed and I noticed there was blood everywhere,” said Martin. “It’s just hard to believe it happened at home. This time in our own backyard.”
Piper, a miniature horse, suffered severe injuries to the eyes and throat after being attacked by three dogs.