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Man shoots pit bulls that allegedly killed two horses

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TUSCALOOSA COUNTY - AL -

 Randy Rogers is still disturbed at what he found in his pasture off Gainesville Road early Thursday morning.  His relatives called him to say two pit bulls were chasing two of his six miniature horses.  " When I got there, two of them were dead.  One is a little baby I had been hand feeding for two six weeks," said Rogers.

He almost chokes up talking about how the pit bulls mauled the two horses in the face.  Rogers says one had died and he had to shoot the second horse that was attacked just to put it out of its misery.  That's when he says the two pit bulls who were still in the pasture charged at him.  " Come after me.  When I approached them, one of them was growling and come after me and they had just killed my livestock so unfortunately I had to take them out," he said.

Rogers also believes the dogs killed two of his chickens in a nearby pen.  Outside the fencing, there are scattered feathers where Rogers says he also found two dead chickens. 

The owners of the two pit bulls live three houses down across Gainesville Road from the pasture.

Some neighbors, including Steve Lehue tell ABC 33/40 they had complained to the owners several times about letting the dogs roam free.  "The dogs would come in the yard and we would have to get our dogs in the house and get him[pointing to his seven year old son] in the house," explained Lehue.

Lehue says their complaints went ignored until the dogs allegedly killed the horses.

"I'm really concerned, when I looked at those dead horses, I said that could be a child laying there," Rogers said.

He does say the pit bull owners expressed sympathy and agreed to pay him for the cost of his horses which range at about $500 each and up.

In the meantime, the Tuscaloosa County Sheriff's office issued the owners a 'Running at Large' summons to court which typically results in an average $25 fine.

 

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