Pony mauled in Weymouth by vicious dog

Dorset Echo: A PONY was left with gaping wounds on its head after being savaged by a dog in Weymouth. A PONY was left with gaping wounds on its head after being savaged by a dog in Weymouth.

A PONY was left with gaping wounds on its head after being savaged by a dog in Weymouth.

Diesel the pony was attacked by a Staffordshire bull terrier cross in Church Road, Preston, as he returned from giving children rides at a holiday camp.

His owner Angela Panjalizadeh, who runs a horse riding business in Preston, said he was being walked to Hillside Stables by one of her members of staff when the attack happened.

She said: “Diesel was being brought back from doing pony rides for children at Weymouth Bay Caravan Park.

“I’ve got seven horses and we provide children’s rides for holidaymakers.”

Mrs Panjalizadeh said Diesel was left with horrific wounds on his face.

She said: “There were several men walking down the road with dogs.

“One was on the lead but the other was running around out of control and it attacked him.

“He was bitten on his face, really close to his eye, and on his stomach.

“Luckily there was nobody riding him at the time because that would have been really dangerous.”

She added: “It’s absolutely dreadful and we’re all very upset and worried about how he will be.

“He’s in a lot of pain and his face is really swollen.

“He went to the vet and they stitched him up.

“Hopefully he will be OK and make a full recovery physically but he could be traumatised now.

“Horses are really clever animals.

“They don’t forget these kinds of things and if he is scared of dogs now he might not be able to be ridden.”

The attack happened on Thursday afternoon as one of her assistants walked Diesel home.

Mrs Panjalizadeh said: “It’s horrible and it’s going to cost a lot of money in vet bills and loss to my business because he definitely can’t be ridden now. He’s on antibiotics and it will take a while to heal. It’s so frustrating and really, really sad and traumatic.

“It’s upsetting for everyone, especially the children, and it’s just something that shouldn’t happen. I’ve got dogs of my own but I would never have them running loose and out of control.”

Civil Action Being Taken Against Owners

IAN Lewis, who is the dog warden for Weymouth, said: “The police have found the culprits in this incident and we are dealing with them under civil law.

“The owner will be issued with a control order for this area and Basingstoke where they are from.

“Hopefully we can get them to pay the vet bills as well because the horse is quite badly hurt and it will probably run to hundreds of pounds at least.

“It wasn’t the dog’s fault it was the owner’s, people need to keep their dogs on the lead and under control, especially around other animals and people.”

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10:28am Mon 22 Oct 12

JimmyTheWeed says...

I always correct people when they say that "staffies are such mild mannered dogs".

They aren't, the whole class of dogs are aggressive by nature.
I always correct people when they say that "staffies are such mild mannered dogs". They aren't, the whole class of dogs are aggressive by nature. JimmyTheWeed

10:37am Mon 22 Oct 12

not too distant says...

Dealt with under Civil Law? In other words, nothing will come of it and the owner won't get a penny. I thought it was illegal to have a dog in public without a leash? Why not criminal law, with public endangerment and criminal damage charges for starters? If you smash up a shop front or vandalise a car thats a criminal offence.. A dog with razor sharp teeth and no leash is similar to a loaded gun with no safety on - it could go off at any moment and there's nothing you can do about it.
Dealt with under Civil Law? In other words, nothing will come of it and the owner won't get a penny. I thought it was illegal to have a dog in public without a leash? Why not criminal law, with public endangerment and criminal damage charges for starters? If you smash up a shop front or vandalise a car thats a criminal offence.. A dog with razor sharp teeth and no leash is similar to a loaded gun with no safety on - it could go off at any moment and there's nothing you can do about it. not too distant

10:54am Mon 22 Oct 12

snowleopard says...

Shame the pony wasn't able to lash out with it's hooves at the dog!
Shame the pony wasn't able to lash out with it's hooves at the dog! snowleopard

10:55am Mon 22 Oct 12

shy talk says...

In Ireland The Control of Dogs Regulations 1998 impose additional restrictions in relation to the following breeds , strains or crosses of dog in Ireland .

• American Pit Bull Terrier
• Bull Mastiff
• Doberman Pinscher
• English Bull Terrier
• German Shepherd ( Alsatian)
• Japanese Akita
• Japanese Tosa
• Rhodesian Ridgeback
• Rottweiler

These dogs , strains or crosses of them shall have the following when in a public place :
• securely muzzled
• led on a sufficiently strong chain or leash not greater than 2m in length , by a person over the age of 16 years and who is capable of controlling it
• have a collar bearing the name and address of the owner ( latter applies to all dogs )

Being a dog owner myself I would welcome this additional legislation in the U.K.
In Ireland The Control of Dogs Regulations 1998 impose additional restrictions in relation to the following breeds , strains or crosses of dog in Ireland . • American Pit Bull Terrier • Bull Mastiff • Doberman Pinscher • English Bull Terrier • German Shepherd ( Alsatian) • Japanese Akita • Japanese Tosa • Rhodesian Ridgeback • Rottweiler These dogs , strains or crosses of them shall have the following when in a public place : • securely muzzled • led on a sufficiently strong chain or leash not greater than 2m in length , by a person over the age of 16 years and who is capable of controlling it • have a collar bearing the name and address of the owner ( latter applies to all dogs ) Being a dog owner myself I would welcome this additional legislation in the U.K. shy talk

10:59am Mon 22 Oct 12

shy talk says...

Forgot, the Staffordshire bull terrier is also included.
Forgot, the Staffordshire bull terrier is also included. shy talk

12:14pm Mon 22 Oct 12

Bailey25 says...

Poor Diesel, hope he gets better soon. I do hate it when people label a breed of dog and just assume it is aggressive. I know people who've owned staffies and dobermans and they were the loveliest dogs ever. It all depends on how they're treated. Staffies and pitbulls have got a bad name as people like to own them to look "hard" or for fighting and therefore don't treat them properly. Obviously this dog should of been on a lead as should all dogs at all times regardless of their temperament. I regularly meet other dogs when out walking mine and the breeds you think might be aggressive aren't whatsoever and ones you think would be fine (eg sausage dogs!) are yappy and horrible. Please don't judge on breed.
Poor Diesel, hope he gets better soon. I do hate it when people label a breed of dog and just assume it is aggressive. I know people who've owned staffies and dobermans and they were the loveliest dogs ever. It all depends on how they're treated. Staffies and pitbulls have got a bad name as people like to own them to look "hard" or for fighting and therefore don't treat them properly. Obviously this dog should of been on a lead as should all dogs at all times regardless of their temperament. I regularly meet other dogs when out walking mine and the breeds you think might be aggressive aren't whatsoever and ones you think would be fine (eg sausage dogs!) are yappy and horrible. Please don't judge on breed. Bailey25

12:20pm Mon 22 Oct 12

stench says...

What a sad story!

I agree that further regulations should be imposed for these types of dogs, regardless of the owner.

Tis in these situations where a shotgun at the stables would have served real purpose. bang bang chitty bang woof!
What a sad story! I agree that further regulations should be imposed for these types of dogs, regardless of the owner. Tis in these situations where a shotgun at the stables would have served real purpose. bang bang chitty bang woof! stench

1:13pm Mon 22 Oct 12

not too distant says...

stench wrote:
What a sad story!

I agree that further regulations should be imposed for these types of dogs, regardless of the owner.

Tis in these situations where a shotgun at the stables would have served real purpose. bang bang chitty bang woof!
Hehe!! (you might get some grief for that one...)
[quote][p][bold]stench[/bold] wrote: What a sad story! I agree that further regulations should be imposed for these types of dogs, regardless of the owner. Tis in these situations where a shotgun at the stables would have served real purpose. bang bang chitty bang woof![/p][/quote]Hehe!! (you might get some grief for that one...) not too distant

2:42pm Mon 22 Oct 12

maximan says...

Bailey25 wrote:
Poor Diesel, hope he gets better soon. I do hate it when people label a breed of dog and just assume it is aggressive. I know people who've owned staffies and dobermans and they were the loveliest dogs ever. It all depends on how they're treated. Staffies and pitbulls have got a bad name as people like to own them to look "hard" or for fighting and therefore don't treat them properly. Obviously this dog should of been on a lead as should all dogs at all times regardless of their temperament. I regularly meet other dogs when out walking mine and the breeds you think might be aggressive aren't whatsoever and ones you think would be fine (eg sausage dogs!) are yappy and horrible. Please don't judge on breed.
I know what you mean regarding those Daschunds....they have become our local drug pushing hoodie's premier weapon of choice...
[quote][p][bold]Bailey25[/bold] wrote: Poor Diesel, hope he gets better soon. I do hate it when people label a breed of dog and just assume it is aggressive. I know people who've owned staffies and dobermans and they were the loveliest dogs ever. It all depends on how they're treated. Staffies and pitbulls have got a bad name as people like to own them to look "hard" or for fighting and therefore don't treat them properly. Obviously this dog should of been on a lead as should all dogs at all times regardless of their temperament. I regularly meet other dogs when out walking mine and the breeds you think might be aggressive aren't whatsoever and ones you think would be fine (eg sausage dogs!) are yappy and horrible. Please don't judge on breed.[/p][/quote]I know what you mean regarding those Daschunds....they have become our local drug pushing hoodie's premier weapon of choice... maximan

4:42pm Mon 22 Oct 12

Get a grip says...

Bailey25 wrote:
Poor Diesel, hope he gets better soon. I do hate it when people label a breed of dog and just assume it is aggressive. I know people who've owned staffies and dobermans and they were the loveliest dogs ever. It all depends on how they're treated. Staffies and pitbulls have got a bad name as people like to own them to look "hard" or for fighting and therefore don't treat them properly. Obviously this dog should of been on a lead as should all dogs at all times regardless of their temperament. I regularly meet other dogs when out walking mine and the breeds you think might be aggressive aren't whatsoever and ones you think would be fine (eg sausage dogs!) are yappy and horrible. Please don't judge on breed.
The trouble is that only chavs and scum own this type of dog.

So ban the dogs and anyone who would want to own a dog like this.
[quote][p][bold]Bailey25[/bold] wrote: Poor Diesel, hope he gets better soon. I do hate it when people label a breed of dog and just assume it is aggressive. I know people who've owned staffies and dobermans and they were the loveliest dogs ever. It all depends on how they're treated. Staffies and pitbulls have got a bad name as people like to own them to look "hard" or for fighting and therefore don't treat them properly. Obviously this dog should of been on a lead as should all dogs at all times regardless of their temperament. I regularly meet other dogs when out walking mine and the breeds you think might be aggressive aren't whatsoever and ones you think would be fine (eg sausage dogs!) are yappy and horrible. Please don't judge on breed.[/p][/quote]The trouble is that only chavs and scum own this type of dog. So ban the dogs and anyone who would want to own a dog like this. Get a grip

5:35pm Mon 22 Oct 12

hightower1975 says...

Get a grip wrote:
Bailey25 wrote:
Poor Diesel, hope he gets better soon. I do hate it when people label a breed of dog and just assume it is aggressive. I know people who've owned staffies and dobermans and they were the loveliest dogs ever. It all depends on how they're treated. Staffies and pitbulls have got a bad name as people like to own them to look "hard" or for fighting and therefore don't treat them properly. Obviously this dog should of been on a lead as should all dogs at all times regardless of their temperament. I regularly meet other dogs when out walking mine and the breeds you think might be aggressive aren't whatsoever and ones you think would be fine (eg sausage dogs!) are yappy and horrible. Please don't judge on breed.
The trouble is that only chavs and scum own this type of dog.

So ban the dogs and anyone who would want to own a dog like this.
RSPCA chief vet Mark Evans said: "Staffies have had a terrible press, but this is not of their own making - in fact they're wonderful dogs. If people think that Staffies have problems, they're looking at the wrong end of the dog lead! When well cared for and properly trained they can make brilliant companions. Our experience suggests that problems occur when bad owners exploit the Staffie's desire to please by training them to show aggression NOT ALL OF US ARE CHAVS OR SCUM !
[quote][p][bold]Get a grip[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Bailey25[/bold] wrote: Poor Diesel, hope he gets better soon. I do hate it when people label a breed of dog and just assume it is aggressive. I know people who've owned staffies and dobermans and they were the loveliest dogs ever. It all depends on how they're treated. Staffies and pitbulls have got a bad name as people like to own them to look "hard" or for fighting and therefore don't treat them properly. Obviously this dog should of been on a lead as should all dogs at all times regardless of their temperament. I regularly meet other dogs when out walking mine and the breeds you think might be aggressive aren't whatsoever and ones you think would be fine (eg sausage dogs!) are yappy and horrible. Please don't judge on breed.[/p][/quote]The trouble is that only chavs and scum own this type of dog. So ban the dogs and anyone who would want to own a dog like this.[/p][/quote]RSPCA chief vet Mark Evans said: "Staffies have had a terrible press, but this is not of their own making - in fact they're wonderful dogs. If people think that Staffies have problems, they're looking at the wrong end of the dog lead! When well cared for and properly trained they can make brilliant companions. Our experience suggests that problems occur when bad owners exploit the Staffie's desire to please by training them to show aggression NOT ALL OF US ARE CHAVS OR SCUM ! hightower1975

5:49pm Mon 22 Oct 12

portlandboy says...

Regardless of breed, all dogs have the attack instinct in them. Given the right situation they will return to their natural instinct.
It's about time the police and the dog warden actually imposed a real fine on people who allow a dog to attack anyone or anything else. But, as has happened for years around here, they slope shoulders or drip a warning to the owner and wait for it to happen again.
If nobody or nothing is actually injured in an attack (ie. no blood drawn) they say "there's nothing we can actually do". Yet now an animal is injured and they simply issue a stream of strong words.
Pityful actions from both the police and the dog warden yet again
Regardless of breed, all dogs have the attack instinct in them. Given the right situation they will return to their natural instinct. It's about time the police and the dog warden actually imposed a real fine on people who allow a dog to attack anyone or anything else. But, as has happened for years around here, they slope shoulders or drip a warning to the owner and wait for it to happen again. If nobody or nothing is actually injured in an attack (ie. no blood drawn) they say "there's nothing we can actually do". Yet now an animal is injured and they simply issue a stream of strong words. Pityful actions from both the police and the dog warden yet again portlandboy

7:23pm Mon 22 Oct 12

goonlinger says...

hightower1975 wrote:
Get a grip wrote:
Bailey25 wrote:
Poor Diesel, hope he gets better soon. I do hate it when people label a breed of dog and just assume it is aggressive. I know people who've owned staffies and dobermans and they were the loveliest dogs ever. It all depends on how they're treated. Staffies and pitbulls have got a bad name as people like to own them to look "hard" or for fighting and therefore don't treat them properly. Obviously this dog should of been on a lead as should all dogs at all times regardless of their temperament. I regularly meet other dogs when out walking mine and the breeds you think might be aggressive aren't whatsoever and ones you think would be fine (eg sausage dogs!) are yappy and horrible. Please don't judge on breed.
The trouble is that only chavs and scum own this type of dog.

So ban the dogs and anyone who would want to own a dog like this.
RSPCA chief vet Mark Evans said: "Staffies have had a terrible press, but this is not of their own making - in fact they're wonderful dogs. If people think that Staffies have problems, they're looking at the wrong end of the dog lead! When well cared for and properly trained they can make brilliant companions. Our experience suggests that problems occur when bad owners exploit the Staffie's desire to please by training them to show aggression NOT ALL OF US ARE CHAVS OR SCUM !
Unfortunately it takes two...not only is the chav at one end of the leash a risk....but the simple fact that they were originally bred for bull baiting makes a very hazardous cocktail. They aren't obviously going to give a nasty nip like a Jack Russell.... no matter how cute they appear have the capability to apply huge amounts of pressure when they bite. They also have the mentality to not let go...it's what they were bred for...
[quote][p][bold]hightower1975[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Get a grip[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Bailey25[/bold] wrote: Poor Diesel, hope he gets better soon. I do hate it when people label a breed of dog and just assume it is aggressive. I know people who've owned staffies and dobermans and they were the loveliest dogs ever. It all depends on how they're treated. Staffies and pitbulls have got a bad name as people like to own them to look "hard" or for fighting and therefore don't treat them properly. Obviously this dog should of been on a lead as should all dogs at all times regardless of their temperament. I regularly meet other dogs when out walking mine and the breeds you think might be aggressive aren't whatsoever and ones you think would be fine (eg sausage dogs!) are yappy and horrible. Please don't judge on breed.[/p][/quote]The trouble is that only chavs and scum own this type of dog. So ban the dogs and anyone who would want to own a dog like this.[/p][/quote]RSPCA chief vet Mark Evans said: "Staffies have had a terrible press, but this is not of their own making - in fact they're wonderful dogs. If people think that Staffies have problems, they're looking at the wrong end of the dog lead! When well cared for and properly trained they can make brilliant companions. Our experience suggests that problems occur when bad owners exploit the Staffie's desire to please by training them to show aggression NOT ALL OF US ARE CHAVS OR SCUM ![/p][/quote]Unfortunately it takes two...not only is the chav at one end of the leash a risk....but the simple fact that they were originally bred for bull baiting makes a very hazardous cocktail. They aren't obviously going to give a nasty nip like a Jack Russell.... no matter how cute they appear have the capability to apply huge amounts of pressure when they bite. They also have the mentality to not let go...it's what they were bred for... goonlinger

12:40pm Tue 23 Oct 12

stench says...

hightower1975 wrote:
Get a grip wrote:
Bailey25 wrote: Poor Diesel, hope he gets better soon. I do hate it when people label a breed of dog and just assume it is aggressive. I know people who've owned staffies and dobermans and they were the loveliest dogs ever. It all depends on how they're treated. Staffies and pitbulls have got a bad name as people like to own them to look "hard" or for fighting and therefore don't treat them properly. Obviously this dog should of been on a lead as should all dogs at all times regardless of their temperament. I regularly meet other dogs when out walking mine and the breeds you think might be aggressive aren't whatsoever and ones you think would be fine (eg sausage dogs!) are yappy and horrible. Please don't judge on breed.
The trouble is that only chavs and scum own this type of dog. So ban the dogs and anyone who would want to own a dog like this.
RSPCA chief vet Mark Evans said: "Staffies have had a terrible press, but this is not of their own making - in fact they're wonderful dogs. If people think that Staffies have problems, they're looking at the wrong end of the dog lead! When well cared for and properly trained they can make brilliant companions. Our experience suggests that problems occur when bad owners exploit the Staffie's desire to please by training them to show aggression NOT ALL OF US ARE CHAVS OR SCUM !
chav!
[quote][p][bold]hightower1975[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Get a grip[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Bailey25[/bold] wrote: Poor Diesel, hope he gets better soon. I do hate it when people label a breed of dog and just assume it is aggressive. I know people who've owned staffies and dobermans and they were the loveliest dogs ever. It all depends on how they're treated. Staffies and pitbulls have got a bad name as people like to own them to look "hard" or for fighting and therefore don't treat them properly. Obviously this dog should of been on a lead as should all dogs at all times regardless of their temperament. I regularly meet other dogs when out walking mine and the breeds you think might be aggressive aren't whatsoever and ones you think would be fine (eg sausage dogs!) are yappy and horrible. Please don't judge on breed.[/p][/quote]The trouble is that only chavs and scum own this type of dog. So ban the dogs and anyone who would want to own a dog like this.[/p][/quote]RSPCA chief vet Mark Evans said: "Staffies have had a terrible press, but this is not of their own making - in fact they're wonderful dogs. If people think that Staffies have problems, they're looking at the wrong end of the dog lead! When well cared for and properly trained they can make brilliant companions. Our experience suggests that problems occur when bad owners exploit the Staffie's desire to please by training them to show aggression NOT ALL OF US ARE CHAVS OR SCUM ![/p][/quote]chav! stench

8:54pm Sun 28 Oct 12

Get a grip says...

hightower1975 wrote:
Get a grip wrote:
Bailey25 wrote: Poor Diesel, hope he gets better soon. I do hate it when people label a breed of dog and just assume it is aggressive. I know people who've owned staffies and dobermans and they were the loveliest dogs ever. It all depends on how they're treated. Staffies and pitbulls have got a bad name as people like to own them to look "hard" or for fighting and therefore don't treat them properly. Obviously this dog should of been on a lead as should all dogs at all times regardless of their temperament. I regularly meet other dogs when out walking mine and the breeds you think might be aggressive aren't whatsoever and ones you think would be fine (eg sausage dogs!) are yappy and horrible. Please don't judge on breed.
The trouble is that only chavs and scum own this type of dog. So ban the dogs and anyone who would want to own a dog like this.
RSPCA chief vet Mark Evans said: "Staffies have had a terrible press, but this is not of their own making - in fact they're wonderful dogs. If people think that Staffies have problems, they're looking at the wrong end of the dog lead! When well cared for and properly trained they can make brilliant companions. Our experience suggests that problems occur when bad owners exploit the Staffie's desire to please by training them to show aggression NOT ALL OF US ARE CHAVS OR SCUM !
Sorry but each time is see one of this type of dog a Chav is the owner.

So ban the dogs and the owners.
[quote][p][bold]hightower1975[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Get a grip[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Bailey25[/bold] wrote: Poor Diesel, hope he gets better soon. I do hate it when people label a breed of dog and just assume it is aggressive. I know people who've owned staffies and dobermans and they were the loveliest dogs ever. It all depends on how they're treated. Staffies and pitbulls have got a bad name as people like to own them to look "hard" or for fighting and therefore don't treat them properly. Obviously this dog should of been on a lead as should all dogs at all times regardless of their temperament. I regularly meet other dogs when out walking mine and the breeds you think might be aggressive aren't whatsoever and ones you think would be fine (eg sausage dogs!) are yappy and horrible. Please don't judge on breed.[/p][/quote]The trouble is that only chavs and scum own this type of dog. So ban the dogs and anyone who would want to own a dog like this.[/p][/quote]RSPCA chief vet Mark Evans said: "Staffies have had a terrible press, but this is not of their own making - in fact they're wonderful dogs. If people think that Staffies have problems, they're looking at the wrong end of the dog lead! When well cared for and properly trained they can make brilliant companions. Our experience suggests that problems occur when bad owners exploit the Staffie's desire to please by training them to show aggression NOT ALL OF US ARE CHAVS OR SCUM ![/p][/quote]Sorry but each time is see one of this type of dog a Chav is the owner. So ban the dogs and the owners. Get a grip

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