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Miniature horse back home after Wake animal attack

Posted March 25, 2012
Updated March 26, 2012

— A miniature horse came home Sunday, two weeks after being injured in an animal attack that worried pet owners in eastern Wake County.

Leslie Presson thinks that wild dogs attacked her horse, Mr. Butters, in a pen a few feet from her Clayton home March 12.

Mr. Butters spent 14 days at the North Carolina State University Animal Veterinary Center. The horse lost 25 percent of its blood and needed a transfusion. It also got antibiotics by IV to prevent infection.

On Sunday, veterinarians released Mr. Butters to return home.

"It's a huge day, a huge, miraculous day," Presson said. "He's not only out of the woods. Full recovery is in sight. It's magnificent."

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Presson has added electrical wiring around the horse's pen in hopes of stopping a future attack.

The attack on the miniature horse came just days after wild animals attacked two dogs in a pen outside a Wendell home. The two attacks unnerved nearby pet owners and sparked speculation that coyotes could have attacked the dogs.

North Carolina wildlife officials said they have not seen a big increase in the number of coyote sightings, but they urged people to keep their small pets indoors as a precaution.


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  • Nette Mar 27, 2012

    I am so glad that Mr Butters will be ok...sounds like he has a really good family! Please keep us posted abut Mr Butters. DId the family receive any help w/the medical cost? That had to be very expensive and I know the viewers love animals

  • not my real name Mar 26, 2012

    awwwwww he's so cute! Glad he's gonna be ok. :)

  • NCST8Gal Mar 26, 2012

    Well, I personally haven't seen coyotes... until the last 6 months. I had a friend say he saw 2 live ones on Old Stage Road and I personally saw a dead one on the side of the road on Ten Ten. Wildlife officials may not say there is an increase, but there is either an increase or they are just getting more brazen.

  • outhousecat Mar 26, 2012

    I'm glad Mr Butters is going to be ok. I don't know what kind of fence is up, but I would suggest a 6 foot livestock fence with 2-3 strands of electric fence around the outside (including one at the bottom to prevent digging) and another strand at the top to prevent wild dogs from climbing over.

    It's almost impossible to stop a determined pack. Over the top fencing is about the only answer unless you can stand guard 24/7 with a gun, and not be afraid to use it.

  • Chairman of the Bored Mar 26, 2012

    I am so glad this horse should be fine. As far as a bear attack, I think that possibility is close to zero. Coyotes or more likely a pack of wild dogs. I remember when I was little a pack of dogs attacked a cow in a neighbors pasture and took it down.

  • Scubagirl Mar 26, 2012

    glad the little fella is OK. Hoping the electric fence does it's job going forward

  • davmci29 Mar 26, 2012

    NC black bears do not have any history of "attacking". They are 95% herbivores and would not target/attack something like a horse or dogs...

    And the injuries were consistent with some sort of canine (coyote,dogs, etc)

  • sillywabbitthepatriot Mar 26, 2012

    I've wondered if a bear could have been responsible for these attacks...