A Butler County man said loose dogs killed his two miniature horses and a neighbor's regular-size horse Friday.
Paul Huesing said three dogs attacked his miniature horses, Bella and Pablo, at the home of his cousin, Mike Powell, on West Elkton Road in St. Claire Township, where Huesing was boarding the animals.
Huesing knew something was wrong when his cousin's wife, Linda, called him in a panic.
"I said, 'What's wrong?'" Powell said. "She said, 'Get out here.' I said, 'What's wrong?' She said, 'Bella is dead.'"
Mike Powell saw the attack unfold when he went to feed the two small horses. He had a gun at the time and shot and killed one of the three dogs, A PIT BULL. The other two dogs, which are believed to also be pit bulls, took off running.
"His eyelids were ripped off," Huesing, describing the injuries his horse Pablo suffered. "His innards were exposed. I can't describe it. Nobody should go through this. Nobody."
Later in the day Friday, the two remaining dogs killed a regular-size horse about a half a mile away from the scene of the first attack.
"They got this one big horse," said Cheryl Callahan, a horse owner who lives next to the Powells. "Now if they can take down one big horse, I've got two big horses plus the baby."
As word of the attacks spread, Callahan took steps to secure her own stable of horses.
"Me being protective, I've just, I've been putting them up," said Callahan. "I put them in the corral beside the barn, put them in at night. We watch them all day long."
Callahan is deeply saddened by what Huesing has had to endure."
The look on his face when I went over there was just unbelievable," she said. "I couldn't imagine. I can't describe the heartache, the thought of them being torn apart," Huesing said.
"My baby was this big (lifting his hand about 2 feet off the ground) and probably didn't weigh 250 pounds. And I helped the dog warden carry the dead pit bull up in a bag, and it took both of us. That dog was 100 pounds."
WLWT investigator Todd Dykes spoke to Butler County's supervisor of dog wardens, Deputy Kurt Merbs, late in the afternoon on Monday. Merbs said it's not clear where the two other dogs involved in Friday's attacks are. He advises neighbors to be cautious and
One of the two attacking dogs is white, possibly with black streaks. Witnesses said the other dog simply has a darker coat.
Neighbors believe they know who owns the dogs, but Merbs said investigators are still trying to make that determination. He added that charges are possible.