Horse injured af­ter dog at­tack

South Waikato News - - NEWS - By ADEN MILES

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.

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