Dogs were ‘licking blood off themselves’ after killing miniature horses, CA man says

Dogs mauled two miniature horses to death Monday morning in what the owner calls “the biggest nightmare I’ve seen” in Calaveras County, KCRA reports.

“I look out and see a dead horse, and another bloody horse shivering and bleeding to death and two pit bulls looking up at me,” said owner Robert Hughes of Valley Springs, KOVR reported. “They were calm and licking blood off themselves.”

Evan Jacobs, Calaveras County Animal Services manager, said in a release that the agency found the owner had fled with the dogs to Stockton, California.

Alerted by animal services, Stockton police arrested Raymond Carringer on suspicion of a felony probation violation, the release says.

The dogs were taken into custody and will be impounded pending a finding on whether they are considered vicious animals, Jacobs wrote.

Hughes and Marilyn Denney had adopted the horses, named Izzy and Silver, six months ago, KOVR reported. Denney called their loss “devastating.”

A surveillance video shows the dogs attacking the horses for about two hours, KCRA reported. Hughes and Denney hope the dogs, which are still on the loose, are found, but Denney says she blames the owners, not the dogs.

In Washington, a dog “relentlessly” attacked two riders and their horses on an equestrian trail Friday, KIRO reported. A 19-year-old woman and one of the horses required medical care.

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Don Sweeney has been a newspaper reporter and editor in California for more than 25 years. He has been a real-time reporter based at The Sacramento Bee since 2016.