Deborah Johnson can only imagine the heartbreak her granddaughter Josie will go through knowing her miniature horse is gone.
"I just don't know what to tell my baby," Johnson said.
"That is all she wanted and that is what we got for her," she continued.
Johnson and her son bought "Princess" a year ago. She was a Christmas present.
"She would go out there clean her poop out, clean her stall out, ride it. She fed it every day and watered it," she said.
But on Monday, she got a horrifying call at work. A neighbor said two dogs they described as "pit bull mixes" dug under Johnson's fence and attacked Princess.
"I left to come home and that's where we found her," she said.
Family friend James Baxled has raised horses for more than 20 years. Baxled described Princess' injuries.
"I didn't think it was that bad because I brought medicine. I figured we would put it in a stall help it, but that was the worst I've ever seen in my life," he said.
Johnson's son put Princess down. Animal services took one dog into custody.
"This is my dog, and I know he did not do it," said Karrie Ann Ingram.
Ingram said her dog "Peso" was outside of his cage while her husband mended their fence.
"I have baby chicks and chickens and geese and horses of my own. He has never chased any of them; he doesn't bite," she said.
As she waits to find out her dog's fate, Johnson's family will break the news to the little girl who always spent her allowance on the horse she loved so much.
"I don't know what to do, what to tell her," she said.
Pesco is being held under quarantine at animal services for 10 days. If investigators do not find any other attacks in his history, he will more than likely be released.
Animal services is still investigating and looking for the second dog involved.
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