Six horses which provide therapeutic riding for children and adults with disabilities are recovering from injuries after a neighbor’s Pit Bull got loose and savagely attacked six of them. The horses are especially gentle and are used for therapy at Free Spirit Ranch in the town of Empire, in Fond du Lac County, Wisconsin.
The not-for-profit organization's Executive Director Mary Narges told NBC26 News that at least 75 disabled adults and children who benefit from their experience with the horses will be deprived of that service this week, and it may be much longer for some of the injured horses.
Police say the Pit Bull belongs to a neighbor. The 35-year-old man was arrested on an unrelated charge. He faces only a $200 fine for allowing his animal to run loose, according to the report.
The dogs were in the pasture when attacked, and the Pit Bull died after being kicked as they attempted to protect themselves.
The horses sustained a variety of injuries. They will need recovery time ranging from a few days to a few weeks before they can return to their special work. The Free Spirit director is also concerned about the impact of the veterinarian bills on the small organization.