Dogs thought connected to miniature horse attack returned to owner

February 25, 2014 3:15:59 PM PST
Two pit bulls impounded in connection with a deadly attack on a miniature horse in Fayetteville will be returned to their owner.

The director of the Cumberland County Animal Control said an investigation into the case could not prove the dogs were responsible for the attack, since no one actually witnessed it.

The dogs will be neutered before they are returned to their owner. The owner must sign an agreement stating he's aware that if the dogs were responsible for the deadly attack another incident could happen.

On Feb. 9, a miniature horse named Splash was attack by two dogs in his family's pasture on the west side of Fayetteville.

A neighbor called the family home, after finding Splash lying in the roadway. Fowler said Splash looked as if he'd been shot in the face.

"His whole face was just literally ripped open. I could see all his teeth," said Fowler. "I could see all his teeth right through his whole cheekbones. Everything was missing. All the muscles were torn out of his face. Like I said, he was covered in blood."

Due to the extent of his injuries, a vet had to immediately euthanized the animal.

The owner has agreed to do whatever necessary to protect his family and other residents from the dogs.

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