Veterinarian Optimistic About Pony's Recovery

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Tuesday, June 14, 2011

A local pony continues to recover after being attacked by dogs last weekend. The pony is used for rids at Wichita's O.J. Watson Park. On Saturday, two pit bulls attacked the animal, tearing holes in it's face and throat. At first, the veterinarian who treated the pony wasn't sure if it would even live. "You can see it was bitten multiple times in the muzzle and the throat. I was very worried when I saw it," Veterinarian Jenny Sullivan said.

Jenny Sullivan treats and cares for the pony's at Watson Park. Her first impression of the animal's injuries were not good. "I think it was my daughter, all the way back over here, saying we have to do something...we have to do something," Sullivan added.

So, Sullivan treated the wounds and played the waiting game. After a few days of medication, the pony, who's name is Storm, started to improve. "So far, so good. He is better today than he was in the past three days."

Storm is young, just six or seven years old. Sullivan says some of the older Watson Park ponies may not have survived the attack. A vicious encounter with two pit bulls, resulting in deep bites to the neck and face. "They seem to be healing, there are stitches and packing under the bandages and under the neck," she said.

Sullivan's prognosis for Storm? It will be a while before he is giving rids again, but she expects the pony to make a full recovery. "There's a good chance he is going to make it," Sullivan said.

Monday, June 13, 2011

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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