Woman demands prosecution of owner whose dog savaged her horse

'ABSOLUTELY HORRIFIC' ... from left, Katie Hampton, nine, with Tango, Lyndsey Taylor and Rio Hall, 11, with Tia.
'ABSOLUTELY HORRIFIC' ... from left, Katie Hampton, nine, with Tango, Lyndsey Taylor and Rio Hall, 11, with Tia.

A HORSE owner, whose animal was savaged by two dogs, has called for the owner to be prosecuted.

Police say they have traced the owner of the Staffordshire bull terriers and given them “suitable advice” while investigations continue into whether any criminal offences have been committed.

Pony dog attack at Tile Sheds East Boldon. Tia

Pony dog attack at Tile Sheds East Boldon. Tia

But Lyndsey Taylor, whose daughter Katie had to watch her pony, Tango, and another horse being attacked in a 45-minute onslaught in East Boldon, fears no one will be charged.

Miss Taylor, 31, of Sheridan Road, Biddick Hall, said: “Just what exactly does a dog have to do before it’s deemed worthy of a criminal charge?

“These horses were ripped to shreds.

“It could have been a child. I can’t believe nothing may come of it.”

It is understood the male dog has been destroyed and the female, which was pregnant, has been returned to her owner.

Police have revealed they are presently taking no further action in the case, but the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) is now investigating.

A spokesman for Northumbria Police said: “The owner of the dogs was identified and suitable advice was given.

“The CPS is investigating whether any criminal offence have been committed.”

The horrific attack happened on Wednesday, May 14, as Katie left the stables in Station Approach with her friend, 11-year-old Rio Hall, and ponies Tango and Tia.

They were accompanied by Miss Taylor, and Rio’s aunt, 17-year-old Shona MacLean.

The children just managed to dismount before the dogs began their attack, tearing chunks out of the ponies’ legs and faces.

Miss Taylor said: “It was absolutely horrific.

“The attack went on for about 45 minutes, but it felt like days. It was never-ending.

“We just couldn’t get the dogs off the ponies.

“We were kicking them and all sorts, but it didn’t work. They were wild.”

Tango was left with cuts and puncture wounds to his face.

Tia had a chunk of flesh ripped from her front left leg, exposing the muscles beneath.

Miss Taylor added: “I don’t see why we, who were innocent in all of this, should have to see our animals suffer and be left to pay the price.

“I think it’s quite disgusting that this can be allowed to happen, or that it’s not, instantly, a criminal matter.”

Anyone who witnessed the attack or has any information on the dogs’ ownership is asked to contact police on 101 ext 69191.

A spokesman for the CPS said it would be considering the police file later this week.

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