Horse, dog injured in Warren attack
Warren — Two unleashed bulldogs attacked a horse — seriously injuring it — on Western Road in Warren Sept. 27, according to a report obtained from the Knox County Sheriff's Office.
Janice Goodwin had ridden her horse, Molly, to Beth's Farm Market to get an apple, according to Deputy Lance Mitchell's report. While walking home, she noticed two dogs in the driveway at 1005 Western Road.
As she passed the residence, Goodwin reported seeing the dogs leave the driveway and begin following her. After going about 100 feet, Goodwin said two children came to the end of the driveway and began yelling for the dogs to return.
When the dogs did not obey, Goodwin thought that if she turned around and rode back toward the residence the dogs would follow. However, as she approached the dogs, they began to maul the horse.
The attack continued for some time, during which time more than 10 citizens stopped to assist getting the dogs off the horse. The children were able to get the female dog, but it took four men to pull the male dog off the horse.
"The horse has some serious injuries," said the report.
"The horse sustained pectoral muscle tears and deep wounds to the left abdominal area," said veterinarian Paula Benner, whom had been called by Goodwin.
Benner said the worst injury was to the right side of the horse's neck, where the dog held on and tore a flap of skin approximately 11 to 12 inches in length.
Concerned the horse needed to be hospitalized, Benner called around and found someone with a trailer who was willing to transport the horse to Annabessacook Veterinary Clinic in Monmouth.
"I did as much as I could onsite," said Benner, who cleaned and sutured the wounds.
Goodwin said in a phone conversation Sept. 30 that she had received minor scratches during the entanglement, but was more concerned about Molly — her 16-year-old registered Paint quarter horse.
Goodwin had just returned from visiting Molly, and reported she is doing as well as can be expected.
She was thankful that no veins, arteries, tendons or ligaments were torn.
"The big rip in her neck is being left open to drain," said Goodwin.
The horse will most likely be released Wednesday, according to Goodwin. "But she can't come home until the bill is paid," she said. "And I am in no position to do that."
"I am waiting to hear from the officer and animal control officer," said Michael Robinson, the owner of the dogs in a phone conversation Oct. 1.
Robinson said he has offered to pay the veterinary bill for Goodwin, although he said he was told by both officers that it was not the dog's fault.
Robinson reported the male dog, Tucker, was in surgery having its jaw wired shut due to being kicked by the horse.
"Tucker's jaw was broken in two spots," said Robinson.
"They are not attack dogs," Robinson said, adding "They snuggle with the kids." The children are 8 and 11 years old.
Robinson was not given a citation, but was fined for "failure to control the dogs", according to Animal Control Officer Larry Reed.
Reed said in a phone interview Oct. 1 that he did not believe the dogs were dangerous, but "obviously something had happened."
He will be filing a report on the incident with the District Attorney's Office. Robinson has a court date set for Nov. 18, according to Reed.
"Everything was handled very well," said Goodwin of the situation.
"I knew I was in trouble, but people left their vehicles to help me," she said.
Courier Publications reporter Beth A. Birmingham can be reached at 594-4401 ext. 125 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Beth rejoined Courier Publications' news staff in February 2013. She previously worked at The Courier-Gazette from 1981 to 1990.
Her coverage area includes Warren, Union, Friendship, Waldoboro, Washington, and Thomaston and RSU40.
Beth has a passion for photography, and a degree from the University of Maine at Augusta, in affiliation with the Maine Photographic Workshop in Rockport.
Aside from photography, Beth enjoys running and walks along the waterfront, as well as other outdoor activities. She has a daughter, Claire, who is 13.
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