Dec 02, 2008 News
A horse cart operator is seeking compensation from a Diamond Housing Scheme, East Bank Demerara resident whose pit bull badly mauled his horse, to the extent that the animal had to be castrated.
The horse was bitten yesterday morning in the scrotum and in the vicinity of the heart, and a veterinary surgeon who castrated the animal and sutured its wounds said that the horse can no longer be used for heavy labour.
Kaieteur News confirmed that the horse was attacked at around 08:00 hrs yesterday when the owner went to drop off lumber at a residence in Fifth Street, Diamond Housing Scheme.
Hemraj Baldeo, the horse cart operator, alleged that the pit bull snapped its chain and attacked his horse outside the property.
However, the couple, who own two pit bulls, claim that the attack occurred in their yard when Baldeo placed the horse too close to one of the animals, which was chained to the patio.
They alleged that Baldeo has delivered lumber to their house in the past, but never entered the yard. They claimed that, this time, he entered the yard without permission, and the presence of the horse upset their dogs.
According to Baldeo, the resident hired him to drop off some lumber and instructed him to unload the lumber in the yard.
Baldeo alleges that, on reaching the residence, he observed that the man’s pit bulls were chained in the yard and they became agitated at the horse’s presence.
The horse cart owner claimed that he had just left the yard when one of the dogs snapped its chain and attacked his horse, biting it in the chest, stomach and scrotum. He said that he was fortunate to escape unhurt.
According to Baldeo, the owner gave him $5,000 to assist in getting a veterinarian to tend to the animal.
However, he said, the pit bull owner has refused to compensate him for the injuries that his animal suffered. Kaieteur News was told that Baldeo bought the animal, which is now unfit for work, for $80,000.
However, the owner of the pit bulls say that another veterinarian informed him that the injuries were not serious and the horse would recover fully within a month. He says that he would come to a decision about compensation if another veterinarian tells him otherwise.
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