JOPLIN, Mo. (AP) – A Missouri woman has been fined $600 and ordered to pay another $500 in restitution after her dog mauled a retired circus pony so severely that it had to be euthanized.
The Joplin Globe reports that Taylor Harris also was placed on probation after pleading guilty in Joplin Municipal Court to allowing a dog to run at large.
The restitution must be paid by June 19, 2020. That will be the one-year anniversary of the deadly attack on Gunther, a white pony who was retired from Ringling Bros. Three other horses were also bitten but survived.
Gunther’s owner, Suzi Salazar, says the highly trained pony was valued at $25,000.
City Prosecutor Joe Crosthwait says Harris’ dog, which appeared to be a pit bull mix, was surrendered and euthanized.