Horse attacked by dogs, NSW
|Horse attacked by dogs, NSW - 18th Apr 2012|
Horse attacked by dogs|
Well-known horse driver in Forbes, Hilton Bray is calling on the owner of two dogs, which attacked his horse on the weekend, to come forward with an apology.
"If someone came and saw me and offered me an apology, and offered to pay for the vet's bills then I wouldn't take it any further," Mr Bray said.
Near Forbes Cemetery between 11.30am and 12pm on Saturday Mr Bray's ex-trotter 'The Wanderer' was attacked by two dogs that Mr Bray describes as 'pig dogs'.
Mr Bray said after the attack, the dogs' owner left the scene with the two dogs in his white ute without apologising.
"He's done a runner and the dogs are still running around," Mr Bray said.
Mr Bray said the tattooed man, who looked like he was younger than 20 years of age, did not try to help get the dogs off the horse.
"He was just worried about the dogs," Mr Bray said.
"He didn't want to get too close."
Mr Bray said after the man had left with his dogs, Mr Bray and 'The Wanderer' were left to make their own way back to the Country Club Caravan Park where he lives, off the Newell Highway
Senior Constable at Forbes Police Station, Daniel Grief said the owner of the dogs has yet to be identified but police where looking into the matter.
Although the incident has passed, the injuries continue to be a problem for Mr Bray and his five-year-old ex-trotter.
"The vets are going to send a bill," Mr Bray said.
Mr Bray is a 61 year-old pensioner and said he will have trouble paying the vet.
"Also, there's no way to tell how the horse will react to dogs in the future. If she rears up then I'll have to get a new one," he said.
He said he has been driving various sulkies around Forbes for many years, and not once has any of his horses been attacked by any dogs.
"[The owner] said he didn't think [the dogs] would attack a horse," Mr Bray said.
"He then said he will put [the dog] down. I'd like to see proof the dog is gone."
Owner of Country Club Caravan Park, Merle Neville, on Monday said it was lucky someone else was not attacked.
"There's a lot of people with horses and sulkies around," Ms Neville said.
"What if it was my granddaughter who was riding that horse."
Ms Neville said if someone had wanted to get in touch with Mr Bray, they could have done so by now.
Article by: JASON THOMAS
Article Courtesy of the Forbes Advocate and Fairfax Media