Horse injured after dog attack
South Waikato SPCA has launched an investigation into the attacks on a horse in Arapuni which left it with horrendous injuries.
It is alleged that a dog attacked the 15-year-old thoroughbred on two separate occasions last week, ripping a huge gash in her neck, biting underneath her stomach and leaving her legs swollen from bite marks.
The SPCA was notified of the horse’s condition last Friday.
‘‘It has been attacked by a dog. But there are discrepancies in the story which is why I am pursuing this,’’ shelter manager Lorna Hutchinson said.
Mrs Hutchinson said the horse’s minder had poured stockholm tar in its neck wound, which had to be cut out by a vet.
‘‘The horse just stood there while the vet cut the tar out. We had to get the muck out of her wound. Someone had to stand there in front of her and talk to her, making sure she was OK.’’
Mrs Hutchinson removed the horse from the Arapuni residence and fostered her into a local farm.
She also said the neck wound was most likely inflicted days before the SPCA’s notification of the situation.
‘‘When we got the vet out there, the vet said that the neck wound was done the day before.’’
While the horse’s recovery will be a long process, Mrs Hutchinson said her condition could have been far worse.
‘‘It possibly could have been worse if infection spread. With the tar sealing everything in, puss would have been building up.’’
Through her investigations Mrs Hutchinson is hoping to get affidavits from potential eye witnesses.
However, this is not the first time Mrs Hutchinson has been called to monitor the same horse for a suspected mouth injury.
‘‘She did not need to be broken in. She is not a young horse or a stallion, she is a friendly horse. She did not need to be treated like that.’’
The costs to help mend the horse’s neck is estimated between $400 and $500.
SHOCKING: South Waikato Veterinary Services vet Rebecca Fone treats a thoroughbred horse that was attacked last week by a dog.