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Pit Bull Attacks Pet Pony

Posted May 3, 2001

— A pit bull that was part of a vicious attack is off the streets, but one man says that is still not good enough.

Around 6 p.m. Monday, John Joyner went outside to give his 22-year-old pet pony, Brandy, an evening snack when he discovered that she had been attacked and was barely alive.

Authorities suspect Bishop, a two-year-old pit bull, escaped from its yard, wandered to Brandy's stable and mauled her to death.

"If I hadn't put her down, she would have died by the time the night was over," Joyner says.

"It's a nasty situation where a lot of blood was involved and a lot of violence. That's why we call the dog vicious," says William Hill, Nash County health director.

Joyner says he wants the dog's owners to pay, but not with just money.

This is not the first time the dog has wandered away, and he wants the dog put to sleep.

"I know if they keep that dog living he's going to eventually get out and hurt somebody else," he says.

Bishop is currently under quarantine at the animal control center in Nashville in Nash County. Officials are still deciding the fate of the dog at this time.

Joyner says if the dog stays alive, he will take the owners to court.

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