SHERMAN, C.T. (WPIX) -- A pony, racing around a field on Route 39 in Sherman, Conn. Wednesday, was severely injured after being mauled by two pit bulls that escaped from a neighbor's yard in West Fairfield, officials said.
Anna Walsh, a mail carrier who was working at the time, witnessed the entire incident and saw the dogs leaping and biting the horse's mane, tail and neck. She said the whole thing seemed surreal.
"There was no barking, no noise," Walsh told The News Times. "It was like when you watch Wild Kingdom, when the lions bring down the water buffalo."
Walsh said she initially thought the animals were playing until she realized something was seriously wrong. She immediately phoned for help and says within minutes State Trooper Rupert De Los Reyes arrived on scene. Reyes reportedly used his service baton to club the vicious dogs until they let go of the pony.
Michael Robbins, who owns the 13-year-old pony named Billy, say he's grateful his pet is alive, although injured very badly. He says the dogs' owner, John Lukse, was very remorseful over the vicious attack.
"He was very apologetic," said Robbins. "He said he had been raking leaves and the dogs got out of their pen when his wife opened the door."
The pony is being treated for severe injuries to his face, one eye and legs. He remains in intensive care at New England Equine Practice in Patterson.
Information by The News Times