Augusta County, Virignia – Jerry Hatton’s newest colt, a 1 month old Rocky Mountain horse named Thomas Jefferson, was his pride and joy. “He’s a 10. He’s probably the best one we’ve ever had. He just looked so good we thought maybe we’d just keep him for a stallion replacement and a show horse since his dad’s retired,” Hatton told reporters. The colt comes from a long line of champion Rocky Mountain horses, but his hopes for becoming a champion were potentially destroyed when an off duty K9 attacked and nearly killed the little colt.
The K9 lived with his handler, an Albemarle County police officer, on Hatton’s farm. When the officer was out jogging with her K9, he lunged through the fence and attacked Thomas Jefferson. The officer turned the shock collar to the highest setting, but the dog would not respond.
Thomas Jefferson required over 50 stitches and nearly 3 hours of surgery to repair the damage. Hatton isn’t sure if he’ll ever be able to show the colt, and worries the lasting trauma from the attack will hinder his show career.
The county has offered to pay the vet bills, but Hatton wants the county to pay for loss of future income on the colt too.
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