A pair of dogs savaged two horses being ridden by teenagers and left the animals with gruesome gashes on their legs and bodies.
One horse had to have nine staples inserted by a vet to repair bite wounds to its chest. The second needed four stitches to its legs.Expensive. And since the owner, when he finally turned up, was abusive and threatening and chavvy, almost certainly unlikely to be recouped via the civil courts.
One for the police, then?
The horses' owner, who does not wish to be identified, fears if the dogs are not found it could be a child that is mauled next.
She said: "One of the most worrying things about this is that I was told by the police that they could not prosecute because it is a dog attacking a horse rather than a dog attacking a person.
But if they don't find the owner and the dogs, my biggest fear is that it will be a child that these two dogs go for next."It seems that these days, the police only show up – when they actually do show up – in order to tell people what they can’t do, rather than what they can…
A police spokesman said officers were investigating.
He said: "The horses suffered wounds to their chest and local residents helped get the dogs away.
"We are investigating the attack and are trying to trace the owner of the dogs."Maybe it’s the publicity that changed their tune. Or maybe they suddenly remembered this case in Essex:
A woman has admitted owning a dog which was dangerously out of control in a public place after two police horses were bitten while on patrol in Essex. Bella and Biscuit were attacked by Staffordshire bull terrier Tyson in Chelmsford in January.
Town magistrates heard Pc Frank Pallett and Pc Sarah Fiske were thrown from the horses but were uninjured. Samantha Symonds, 34, of Eaves Crescent, Chelmsford, is due to be sentenced in March.No problems prosecuting that one, eh? And no problem throwing the book at these people,either...