Jerry "Bud" Mitchell and wife Bonnie returned home Sunday evening around 7:35 p.m. to find a pair of dogs had attacked one of the miniature colts the couple were keeping in their barn.
"My husband went outside to feed the horses and then came back panting," said Bonnie Mitchell.
Bud Mitchell told his wife one of the horses had been killed and a pit bull was still in the stall. The dog was gone after Mitchell returned with a gun.
"It was the saddest thing I have ever saw," said Mrs. Mitchell. "The stall looked like something out of a horror show with blood all over the walls where the little horse struggled."
Two four-month old stud colts were being kept in the barn after being weaned from their mothers. The other horse in the stall wasn't harmed.
Bonnie Mitchell, a retired nurse, said evidently the "pony kicked hard enough to kill one of the pit bulls."
"My concern is for the one (dog) still loose," she said. "I'm afraid to go in the back yard now."
The Mitchells have been living on County Road 171, about a couple of miles off of Minor Road, and raising miniature ponies for six years. The barn where the attack took place is 110 feet from the couple's home.
Mitchell said the pit bull that escaped was brown and had a white face.
"I want the public to be aware there is a dog that killed and is now on the loose," said Mitchell. "It could be a child next time … you never know what those kind of dogs will do."
Alcorn County supervisors adopted an ordinance for the control of dangerous animals in February of 2011. The ordinance requires the complainant to present a sworn affidavit before law enforcement responds. It deals with vaccinations, rabies, injured, neglected or abandoned dogs and dangerous animals.
The Mitchells called the Alcorn County Sheriff's Department and Deputy Shane Crowe responded. In the offense report filed, the sheriff's deputy managed to identify the owner of the dead pit bull. The owner of the pill bull on the loose wasn't listed.
Penalties included in the ordinance range from $25 for the first offense to as much as $1,000 and six months in jail for later offenses.