Fairburn therapy pony dies after attack by stray dogs

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FAIRBURN, Ga. -- The owners of a horse farm in Fairburn are reeling after one of their therapy horses was attacked by a pack of stray dogs.

"People are dumping these animals out here, and this is the price," said Kim Conner, founder of the Fairywood Thicket Farm.

Conner awoke Friday morning to see Sasquatch, a pony used for therapy with children, getting mauled by four dogs. She snapped photos of the dogs and called Animal Control.

Sasquatch died Saturday morning at the Auburn University animal hospital.

The dogs are currently quarantined.

The Fairywood Thicket Farm is home to dozens of animals, included therapy horses who work with children and disabled veterans. Recently, Conner says, the farm -- and the area -- has become home to far too many strays.

"Cats, dogs, chickens," she listed. "I have had people dump things here you wouldn't even imagine."

Conner urged all pet owners to take notice.

"If you can't take care of your dogs, take them to the pound," Conner said. "Take them to the vet. Don't dump them out here in the country with us. This is what happens."

The farm will likely face thousands of dollars in veterinary bills. The owners have set up a non-profit account at Fidelity Bank in Sandy Springs; they are encouraging any interested donors to contact the bank's manager, Patrick Higginbotham, and ask for the account for  Fairywood Thicket Equestrian Center, Inc.

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