Mini horse at­tacked by dog

Horowhenua Chronicle - - NEWS -

Tom­a­hawk Rebel is a 20-some­thing minia­ture horse, who en­joys re­tire­ment in a pad­dock be­hind the Em­po­rium on Queen St West in Levin.

His peace and quiet was shat­tered early Mon­day morn­ing when a dog man­aged to en­ter his pad­dock.

Tom­ah­wak Rebel’s owner Toni said the dog gained ac­cess via a neigh­bour­ing prop­erty by crawl­ing un­der­neath the three me­tre high chicken wire fence that sur­rounds the pad­dock.

The res­i­dent liv­ing on the prop­erty was alerted to the noise and called Toni, who came and found her pre­cious friend of eight years rav­aged by numer­ous dog bites.

“Parts of his body are badly swollen and the dog has taken a few bites out of him.” The dog grabbed the horse by its throat, but missed the wind­pipe, Toni said.

She said for­tu­nately his prospects are good, de­spite the or­deal.

“The vet be­lieves Tom­a­hawk Rebel will make full re­cov­ery.”

Toni said she is shocked that what hap­pened to her horse is even pos­si­ble. She has no­ti­fied po­lice and the SPCA about the at­tack.

■ If you have in­for­ma­tion about this at­tack or the dog in­volved please con­tact Horowhenua District Coun­cil’s cus­tomer ser­vices at 366 0999. They are aware of this in­ci­dent and the coun­cil said it had been in con­tact with Toni.

Tom­a­hawk Rebel was at­tacked by a dog in the mid­dle of the night but will make a full re­cov­ery.

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