CORONA (CBS) —  Animal control officers continued Saturday to look for a wolf-dog mix that was on the loose after it and another part-wolf hybrid attacked and ate a miniature horse at a ranch near Lake Mathews.

The animal was one of two involved in a gruesome attack on the pony Thursday in a rural area southeast of Corona.

The wolf-dogs were wearing collars, but no tags, and are believed to be escaped or dumped pets, Riverside County Animal Services spokesman John Welsh told the Riverside Press-Enterprise.

Two wolf-dog hybrids entered a corral on the Bar H Ranch near Lake Mathews on Thursday, where they found Bojangles, a six-year-old miniature horse, the newspaper reported.

The dogs set upon the small horse, which had recently been moved to the ranch from Oklahoma, the newspaper said, and ate it.

Bar H ranch hands shot both wolf-dogs, killing one. The other escaped and was still at large.

The dogs were not believed to be feral by animal control officers, and wolves are not native to California. Both animals were wearing a collar, but neither had ownership tags attached.

The dogs might have escaped from their yard or been dumped in the area, the Press-Enterprise reported. There were no clues as to who owned the dogs.

Welsh said if the dogs were caught, the owner could face consequences for breaking leash laws and would be required to pay pound fees, the newspaper said.

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Comments (14)
  1. sandy bielec says:

    wolfs or wolf-hybrids need to be outlawed in all states they are not dogs. pepole need to leave the wildlife in the wild not in our homes or city.They need to be out lawed in all states and people who have them should be made to carry 500,000.00 in insurance and have inspections by fish&game and pay license fee every year by law to fish&game

  2. Steve says:

    Not Bojangles!!! Nnnnnoooooooo!!!!

  3. Mexican Money Maker says:

    Gray wolves, in fact, once populated California and much of North America. So they are native to California.

  4. Den says:

    That wolves, grizzlies, mammoths once roamed California

  5. Alan Hart says:

    First, miniature horses are horses, not pony’s. Second, wolf hybrid dogs should never sane. It is unfortunate that an animal as smart as a wolf is crossed by a genetic inferior dog. It only makes for a very stupid dog, not a tame wolf.

  6. Serrano says:

    Lived with horses and Timber wolves all my life. Neither are vicious unless made so. Wolves don’t kill for sport, however a wolf will attack a small animal if it is hungry. They have to eat too, and if these wolf-dogs had been abandoned they’d most likely be in search of food and water. A miniature horse is about the right size.
    This is the most natural behavior, nothing vicious or messed up about it. Sorry someone’s pet had to become dinner.

  7. Jack says:

    I’m rooting for the wolf dog

  8. badangel says:

    Hope they find the owners or owner of these hybrids and nail them improper containment or just plain dumping them.

  9. bertie says:

    RIP Bojangles. U will b safe in minature horse heaven. I hope hybrid wolf dog heaven isn’t next door 🙂

  10. MEDIAGAL says:

    The ranch owner has retained the counsel of Law Office of Cynthia D. Hafif and will be taking civil action against the wolf-hybrid dog owner. http://WWW.HAFIFLEGAL.COM

  11. Judy says:

    SUPER!!!!!!! I am glad that the ranch owner has a lawyer!!!! These wolf owners need to be responsible for what their animals do. This poor mini had NO where to run except in his corral. Did you see all the blood on the corral??????? This mini suffered SO Much. He was probably chased until he colapsed. Then the wolves began to eat. This is a domesticated mini horse. DOMESTICATED horses are not use to being prey. They don’t fight back. They just run. This whole incident was so avoidable. If they would have kept their hybrid wolves locked up!!! It is amazing that all 3 kennel doors were open. Did the owners go and look for the wolves?????

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