A pack of dogs attacked two horses Tuesday in the Don Pedro subdivision of Mariposa County, sheriff’s deputies reported.
The dog attacks began about 8 a.m., and the animals roamed unchecked for about eight hours, forcing a lockdown at nearby Don Pedro Elementary School. Deputies used a reverse 911 call to alert residents about the menacing animals.
Deputies reported they had captured seven dogs by nightfall. They found that the owners of the dogs also owned the downed horses.
A caller from Jalapa Way told the sheriff’s department he had tried but failed to scare away the dogs, so he called 911. Deputies found one horse down with “extreme injuries,” then a second.
Animal control officers concluded the horses had been mauled beyond healing, so they were euthanized by injection.
Capt. Byron Robles said the dogs' owner handed over the dogs to authorities, and that the dogs probably would be euthanized.