A family’s beloved miniature horse was mauled to death by a dog in Hardin County. Now, the horse’s owner is fighting to make sure that dog doesn’t attack again.
“From the moment we laid eyes on her, we knew she was special,” the horse’s owner, Melissa Howard, said Monday.
The 2-year-old miniature horse named Baby Girl stood less than 3-feet-tall, but managed to walk her way into Howard and her grandson’s hearts.
“This is me hugging her and this is me kissing her,” Patrick Waggoner said as he looked at pictures of his pet.
Howard was out of town on Oct. 19 when she got the call Baby Girl had been attacked by a mixed-breed dog. Her neighbor had beaten the dog off with a pole, the animal control whisked the dog away.
Howard rushed Baby Girl to the vet. The pony fought to stay alive for a few more days, but didn’t make it. She’s now buried on a family lot.
“No other dog, no other animal can dig her up, nothing else can bother her. She’s safe now,” Howard cried.
It’s Howard’s concern for her grandson and other children that’s still has her on edge. Animal control has not yet decided if the dog will be put down.
“We are at this point just weighing our options and looking to see what our options are,” Hardin County Animal Control Director Jerry Foley explained.
The shelter gave the dog a week for an owner to turn up, but no one did. Foley said the dog failed three of seven tests, proving its aggressiveness towards other animals. Foley doesn’t believe the dog could be adopted out but said its future will be decided later this week.
“That is not a good enough answer,” Howard said. “Nobody needs to suffer like we’ve suffered.”
Foley did provide the dog’s picture, but he denied our request to get video of the dog stating it is in quarantine. He also stated that should the dog’s owner turn up, they could be charged with harboring a vicious animal.