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Miniature Pony Fatally Attacked By Three Dogs


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.”

Martin has filed a police report with the Columbia County Sheriff’s Department but said Animal Control has not made it clear to Martin whether a case will be opened or any other type legal action will be taken.

Martin urges dog owners to be aware of the consequences of leaving their animals unsecured. With two of the dogs still at large, Martin said she fears a repeat offense.

“It could’ve been a kid. What if my son had been out here when all this happened?” said Martin referencing her 2-year-old son Trenton, who accompanies her every morning to feed the horses. “That’s a big fear now.”

Piper is buried in Martin’s yard, where she intends to build a memorial.

“He’s a family member to us,” she said.

On Saturday, Martin held pony rides in Piper’s memory near the same local Subway.

Those wishing to pay respects to Piper are welcome to participate or visit his memorial site at Martin’s farm.

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  1. Don’t ever let anyone tell you a pit bull advocate is a animal advocate, the two just do not go together.

  2. Pit owners don’t give a damn about anyone or anything but themselves and their dogs. They are basically sociopaths and the scum of humanity.

  3. pit bulldogs are worthless despicable creatures. they need to go the way of the dodo bird.

    Time to ban pit bulls in B.C.
    Bill Tieleman
    By Bill Tieleman, News, Views, and Attitude
    Monday, January 5, 2015

    “How do I go from a birth certificate to a death certificate? … Those
    dogs cannot be domesticated. They cannot.” – Jeremiah Rutledge, father
    of two-year-old Beau, killed by family pit bull, 2013, Fulton County,

    A 16-day-old baby is
    viciously attacked in her own Saanich home by the family dog, suffering
    serious lacerations requiring extensive plastic surgery.

    six-foot-five man weighing 250 pounds is mauled by two dogs outside a
    Langley store, requiring 19 stitches – after he said “Hi pups” to the
    pair tied to a mountain bike, which they dragged behind them to get at
    their target.

    • A miniature pinscher therapy dog is
      literally disemboweled in front of its shocked owner outside a Kitsilano
      post office by a sudden, unprovoked attack by another dog.

      The common element? The attackers were all pit bulls.
      Those three reported B.C. incidents happened in just the last two months.

      In the United States, statistics show that 25 people were killed in pit
      bull attacks in 2013 alone, including 18 children – that’s 78% of all
      fatal dog-bite deaths, even though pit bulls make up just roughly 6% of
      all U.S. dogs.

      The non-profit DogBites dot org
      tracks fatal attacks and reports that between 2005 and 2013 pit bulls
      killed an astonishing 176 Americans – or one every 19 days –
      representing 62% of all dog bite deaths. Rottweilers, another
      fighting/guard dog, killed 33 in the same period, for a combined total
      of 74%.

      The website chronicles each human death in horrifying, sourced stories.

      • It’s time British Columbia followed the
        lead of Ontario and Winnipeg to ban pit bull breeds here as well, for
        the safety of us all.

        Ontario banned pit bulls in 2005: no
        breeding or importation; existing pit bulls must be neutered; and if in
        public they must be leashed and muzzled.

        Toronto city
        statistics prove it works – pit bull bites are down 92%, from 168
        reported bites in 2004 from 984 licensed dogs to just 13 bites in 2014
        from 501 pit bulls.

        B.C. should ban pit bulls too because
        continuing to whine about bad owners, not bad dogs and doing nothing
        didn’t save a baby, a man or a therapy dog from vicious pit bull attacks
        – only a ban will.

  5. The media conspiracy against pit bulls
    Today, Pit Bulls, Tomorrow the World
    By Andrew Holota, SurreyLeader

    August 20, 2009
    Well there, it’s out of the bag now.
    The great, grand conspiracy of the media

    to destroy the fine upstanding reputation of pit bulls, by only
    reporting on attacks by this particular breed, and covering up police
    shootings of all other canines.

    This happens everywhere, don’t you know, or at least according to the pro-pit bull/media conspiracy theorists.
    Yessir, there are oodles of poodles popped by cops all the time, and the press does not report it.

    And attacks by psychotic shih tzus? Covered up. Muzzled, so to speak.
    Children savaged by Scottish terriers? Quashed. Hushed puppies, if you will.

    Oh yes, the conspiracy runs deep indeed.

    You see, you can understand the owner of the crazed corgi not
    contacting the media to report a violent incident involving his beloved
    pet, who has just taken a chunk out of Mrs. Hurtinheinie’s rear end.

    However, there is usually someone else involved in these things, like
    say, Mrs. Hurtinheinie, for instance, who just doesn’t want to stay

    • The victim usually feels somewhat put
      out having been punctured by someone’s dear pet, and they tend to call
      the press or TV to make it public.

      Do you have any idea how
      difficult it is to cover up those devastated victims of vicious attacks
      by manic Maltese, wild whippets, and belligerent bassets?

      takes a huge amount of coordination and cooperation between multiple
      levels of media to ensure this information never reaches the general

      Because, of course, if the media ignores them, these
      ‘other dog’ victims have a tendency to tell other people, like their
      family, friends and neighbours, and then it’s out there!
      Multiple attacks by insane Danes, and unbalanced beagles – all suppressed.

      Who knew? …

  6. CDC Culpability on the public safety danger of the pit bull type dog.

    http://www.dogsbite dot org/dog-bite-statistics-study-breeds-involved-in-fatal-human-attacks-cdc-2000.php

    In 1998, The US Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for
    Disease Control and Prevention published a 20 year study tracking fatal
    dog bites. The report stated “The data indicates that Rottweilers and
    pit bull-type dogs accounted for 67% of human DBRF in the United States between 1997 and 1998.

    It is extremely unlikely that they accounted for anywhere near 60% of
    dogs in the United States during that same period and, thus, there
    appears to be a breed-specific problem with fatalities.

    Paradoxically, in their conclusion in what has been criticized as
    political, they suggested that the disproportionate dog bite fatalities
    attributed to Pit bulls and Rottweiler’s wasn’t a breed specific issue.

    The wording used in the CDC study was questioned in the case of Dias v.
    City and County of Denver (2008) in defense of Denver’s Breed Bans.

    • Dr Alan Beck stated he believed the CDC
      made a recommendation that was inconsistent with public safety, that it
      was politically motivated as Government had legitimate concerns with
      many constituencies and sometimes the constituencies that are the most
      vocal sometimes have a disproportional influence on outcome. Dr Alan
      Beck stopped short of labeling the CDC CRIMINAL.

      Here is part of that transcript:

      Q. (Lawyer Ms. Karen Breslin) So, what do you make of the CDC’s
      statement that their study does not identify specific breeds that are
      most likely to bite or kill?

      A. (Dr. Alan Beck) I think the
      AMA, which had a lot of influence on that thing, is ignoring the fact
      that this CDC said, By the way, the vast majority that are killing are
      this one breed, and that can be ignored, as well. Well, they’re not
      making any value judgments, or they’re not saying anything is just
      really, I think, criminal. Just not reading the article or not reading
      the data that goes beyond this.

      • Q. You surely aren’t saying that the CDC is criminal.

        A. I’m saying the people — Well, I say they were forced — I’m just
        saying I — I think they are minimizing the issue by not really asking
        the right questions.

        Q. And why would the CDC do that?

        A. Because they’re government. And government has legitimate concerns
        with many constituencies. Sometimes the constituencies that are the most
        vocal sometimes have a disproportional influence on outcome.

        Q. And so, are you saying that that language was politically motivated by the CDC?

        A. My personal feeling is, it’s motivated, but that’s a personal feeling. First time I read it.

        Q. Do you have any basis?

        A. No. I said it was personal.

        Q. Sometimes personal feelings have bases.

        A. But they’re personal.

        Q. So, do you believe that the CDC would make a recommendation that it thought was inconsistent with public safety?

        A. I think the CDC did make a recommendation. They said it’s very
        unlikely that these breeds would — You know, is extremely unlikely to
        account for nearly 60 percent of the dogs in the same period, thus it
        appears to be a breed-specific problem with fatalities.

        • What does that mean to anybody? How can
          you say that means they’re saying there’s no problem? That — This is
          actually written in fairly — for them — pretty good English.

          Merritt Clifton “The CDC has not tracked dog attack data by breed in
          more than 15 years. The one major CDC report on dog attacks by breed was
          based on data that is now 25 years old.

          Meanwhile, of the
          4,477 dogs involved in fatal and disfiguring attacks on humans occurring
          in the U.S. & Canada since September 1982, when I began logging the
          data, 2,855 (64%) were pit bulls; 538 were Rottweilers; 3,628 were of
          related molosser breeds, including pit bulls, Rottweilers, mastiffs,
          boxers, and their mixes.

          Of the 518 human fatalities, 265 were
          killed by pit bulls; 84 were killed by Rottweilers; 388 (75%) were
          killed by molosser breeds.

          Of the 2,541 people who were
          disfigured, 1,703 (67%) were disfigured by pit bulls; 316 were
          disfigured by Rottweilers; 2,115 (83%) were disfigured by molosser

          • Pit bulls–exclusive of their use in
            dogfighting–also inflict about 10 times as many fatal and disfiguring
            injuries on other pets and livestock as on humans, a pattern unique to
            the pit bull class. Surveys of dogs offered for sale or adoption
            indicate that pit bulls and pit mixes are less than 6% of the U.S. dog
            population; molosser breeds, all combined, are 9%.”

            Clifton “Concerning the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention,
            drastically cutting back the scope of CDCP research was among the bones
            that the Clinton/Gore administration threw to the Republican
            budget-cutters in the late 1990s.

            For decades the alcohol
            industry, the automobile industry, and the gun lobby had argued that the
            CDCP should be restricted to researching & tracking infectious
            disease, & should not be allowed to investigate and track causes of
            accidental death & injury, which are also part of the mandate of the
            Occupational Health & Safety Administration and the Consumer
            Product Safety Commission.

          • The CDCP, however, had the know-how to
            look at accidental deaths & injuries from an epidemiological
            overview, not something that OSHA and the CPSC are structured to do, and
            the CDCP had also traditionally had the mandate to investigate &
            track causes of accidental death & injury that don’t involve either
            workplace conditions or consumer products — like dog attacks.

            There may have been some pit bull advocacy role in taking the CDCP out
            of researching dog attacks, but at the time (1996) there was relatively
            little pit bull advocacy. Among the major national humane organizations,
            only the ASPCA had lined up against breed-specific legislation; HSUS
            had long supported it, as had PETA, Maddie’s Fund did not yet exist,
            Best Friends was not yet a national presence, and the American Humane
            Association was neutral.

            So the CDCP research on dog attacks basically fell through the cracks, & was simply no longer done for several years.

            Later, after pit bull advocacy revved up, some individuals at the CDCP
            began posting statements of opposition to breed-specific legislation
            which were actually at odds with the earlier CDCP research, and there
            has been no new CDCP research on dog attacks published since 1998.

          • The CDCP statements, however, have cited
            & endorsed the claims of leading pit bull advocates, without doing
            any original investigation whatever to determine whether those claims
            stand up. The short answer is, they do not.”

            https://www.facebook dot com/jeffreydborchardt/posts/685298338191773

            Leila Yola “CDC got some dog breeders and people affiliated with
            breeders on board and the lying began. There are a lot of dog breeders
            working in the biological sciences and health field for some reason.

            Like “respected” scientist Alane Koki with a long string of degrees,
            exposed by an undercover operation as tied in with dog fighters and
            running a pit bull breeding operation and infiltrating animal control
            departments to lobby for pit bulls.

            The CDC has been a mess for
            a long time, political “expert” leveraging for personal gain. . The CDC
            has a long history of members personally profiting from health
            proclamations that benefit their patents.

            Rotten ,dirty,
            politics. There is a lot more bad news about CDC out there with a little
            looking, and they will do anything to protect their cash cows.”

  7. Pit Bull Owners are well aware of the consequences, and since there are no consequences to the owners, they don’t care.

  8. Another worthless pit bull owner who no doubt swears up and down their dogs are harmless sweethearts. THIS and the weekly dead babies is why there needs to be BSL.

  9. Thank you WUFT News for the news report. This was unequivocally a devastating event that was most definitely preventable and unfortunately could and will happen again as long as present circumstances remain the same.
    To the general public…..I do not believe Anyone involved in this story is blaming the pit bull breed…..but rather the highly irresponsible dog owners. And the fact that animal control and the sherriff s department have basically ignored the entire event and complaint is enough that all who live within these county limits should be outraged!!

  10. Thank you to all you “responsible” pit owners, this is what we get to read about on a daily basis. Animals and people being mauled in their own yards. I will say, thanks to my knowledge of what these fighting breeds do, if one gets into my yard it will not leave alive if I can help it. If you pit owners care for your mobile maulers as much as you claim, you will keep them home!

  11. ALL FLORIDA dog attacks stay informed and share https://www.facebook.com/FloridaPitbullDogsCarnageandCatastrophe

  12. In North America, from 1982-2013, Pit Bull breeds and mixes have seriously attacked 2,990 humans that resulted in 1,777 maimings and 275 deaths.

    The bullmastiff is a Pit bull type dog with the same genetic makeup and danger of a pit bull.

    The Bullmastiff was a cross of 40% Old English Bulldog or pit bull type dog and 60% English Mastiff

    In North America, from 1982-2013, Bullmastiffs have been responsible for 105 serious attacks on humans, resulting in 61 maimings and 15 deaths.
    In North America from 1982-2013, Rottweilers were responsible for 514 attacks on humans, resulting in 81 deaths.

    Rottweiler mixes were responsible for 30 attacks on humans, resulting in 4 deaths

  13. Rotten pit bulls and the people that own and/or defend them. No way are they animal lovers! This happens all the time and they find it perfectly acceptable.

  14. Hopefully they’ll invest in a few shotguns and next time this happens they’ll dirtnap the monsters. In a 2012 study Pit bulls alone inflicted 99% of the total fatal attacks on other animals (43,000);
    96% of the fatal attacks on other dogs (11,520); 95% of the fatal attacks on
    livestock (5,700) and on small mammals and poultry (16,150); and 94% of the
    fatal attacks on cats (11,280).

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