WALWORTH, WAYNE COUNTY NY - A PIT BULL "SOMEHOW" BROKE FREE FROM ITS LEASH BEING HELD BY ITS OWNER AND ATTACKED A 26-YEAR-OLD RETIRED PONY "TANGO" ON A PUBLIC TRAIL - THE LAND SHARK LATCHED ON!!!
A 26-year-old pony named Tango, who is retired from giving children lessons, was severely attacked by a dog on October 12.
Allison Vidro, the daughter of Tango’s owner, said she was riding the pony through a public trail in Walworth when she saw two unleashed dogs, a Pit Bull and Black Lab, came running toward them. The PIT BULL then allegedly attacked the horse.
“It tore the muzzle apart,” said Lea Dill, a Walworth Animal Control Officer. “Lacerations on the side, bite marks on the chest and legs. Her muzzle did have big staples in it to hold it together and everything. At that time, the horse took off because of the attack and Allison fell off her horse."
Vidro said when she got up, all she saw was "TANGO RUN THROUGH THE TREESWITH THE DOG HANGING OFF OF TANGO'S FACE". Vidro, shaken by the experience, is healing from contusions when the horse stepped on her during the fall. The pony received 70 stitches and staples to her face and leg and is now recovering.
During the incident, the pony kicked the dog in the head. Then, the dog apparently chased Tango out of the woods and down the road to the horse owner's home.
"A good Samaritan had picked up Allison after her fall,” Dill said. “The dog pursued Tango in his pasture trying to attack him more. A trooper arrived and finally commanded the dog to stop and the dog complied."
The dog's owner Bill Berdeck claims the Pit Bull was on a leash and broke free when he saw the horse. He said his four-year-old dog is “friendly and sweet and this has never happened before.”
Berdeck is now facing “dangerous dog" charges. That means he could face a fine or restitution for the vet bills.
"This is a public trail,” said Dill. “It could have been a kid, another dog. Its owner management of your dog. you teach your dog commands to come back to you. And if you don't have that control, then you keep your dog on a leash."