Family horse dies after attack from pit bulls

Published: Nov. 10, 2012 at 11:45 PM CST|Updated: Nov. 10, 2012 at 11:48 PM CST
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(WMC-TV) - Three pit bulls attacked a horse and killed it in Desoto County Saturday according to a DeSoto County Sheriff's Office spokesperson.

The dogs belonged to a family who also owned the horse.  

It happened near the intersection of Highways 304 and 301 in the Eudora Community.

The owners said the dogs never bothered the 7-year-old horse named Misty.

The dogs were chasing Misty when she got stuck in a fence and couldn't defend herself.

The family surrendered the dogs to animal control where they remain in custody

This can and does happen regardless of breed, according Memphis and Shelby County Humane Society executive director Alexis Amorose in a statement responding to this specific situation.

"Such as the level of the dogs' socialization and whether they are spayed, neutered - it is difficult to offer any insight into what led to this happening. What we can tell you is that any group of multiple dogs is susceptible to a 'pack mentality,' in which their predatory instinct is activated.

Amorose said one dog becomes agitated and predatory, and then the others follow.

"It comes down to responsible ownership and stewardship: proper containment of your dog(s) and supervision of your dog(s) with other animals and people," said Amorose.

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