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2 dogs killed after mauling miniature horse to death

April 19, 2011 | 12:18 pm

The owner of a pair of dogs that killed a miniature horse on a ranch in Riverside County has been cited for not keeping his animals properly leashed, officials said Tuesday.

The dogs, wolfish in appearance and weighing about 120 pounds, got loose last Thursday from the property where they were kept, likely by leaping over a 6-foot-high fence, said John Welsh, spokesman for the Riverside County Department of Animal Services.

The dogs then traveled about two miles in the sparsely populated area -- a swath of unincorporated land between Corona and Perris -- before attacking the miniature horse inside a ranch, Welsh said.

The horse, a 6-year-old named Bojangles that had been on the ranch for less than a week, was mauled and killed.

"The dogs probably picked the horse because it was about their size," Welsh said, noting the ranch had numerous livestock, including longhorn cattle.

An animal services officer used a tranquilizer dart Saturday to shoot one of the dogs, a 1-year-old male named Cochise. The dog was later euthanized with the permission of his owner, Cesar Siordia, Welsh said.

Siordia could not be reached for comment.

The other dog involved in the killing, a 2-year-old male named Trouble, was shot and killed Thursday by a ranch hand on the property where the attack occurred.

Siordia was cited with a violation for not keeping his dogs leashed, said Welsh, who added that no criminal charges were pending.

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