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Dogs Attack Pony at O.J. Watson Park

6/13/2011
Stacey Hamm | SHamm@wichita.gov | (316) 268-4124 or 737-7421

The Wichita Police Department is investigating two dogs mauling a City-owned pony early Saturday morning at O.J Watson Park.

The 4-year-old pony, Storm, is recovering from serious injuries to his throat and stomach after two unattended pit bulls entered a pony shelter at approximately 7:30 a.m.

Animal Services, a division of the Police Department, is holding the two dogs and investigating the incident. The dog owners reside near O.J. Watson Park. It is not known how the dogs entered the shelter.

The incident was reported by two adults who were preparing for a volleyball tournament at the park. They heard noises coming from the pony shelter and later stopped the attack.

Jennifer Sullivan, a veterinarian, with Blair Doon Vet Hospital, is caring for Storm and is optimistic the pony will recover. Dr. Sullivan is donating her services, which could total up to $2,500. Storm is expected to be in her care for about two weeks.

Storm has lived for two years at Watson Park, which has housed ponies for 30 years. Watson Park houses seven ponies. They provide rides for children 12 and under.

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