CCAS

Valley Springs was shaken Monday morning after two dogs mauled two miniature horses, Izzy and Silver, to death and the attack was captured on their surveillance camera. Owner Rob Hughes discovered the scene when he got up Monday morning. As of 11:30 a.m. Thursday, October 17, the dogs and the owner, identified as Raymond Carringer, were located.

Carringer took the dogs and fled Valley Springs to Stockton, where Stockton Police Department found and arrested him for a felony probation violation. The dogs were also taken into custody by Stockton Animal Services and will be retrieved by Calaveras Animal Services pending a probable filing of a potentially dangerous dog petition.

When Hughes went to his backyard to check on the horses he found one of them dead in front of the patio door. Their other miniature horse was bleeding out while the dogs sat nearby in his yard. Hughes called his girlfriend, Marilyn Denney, who was at work, and rushed home, calling Amador Equine on the way. Dr. Karly Delano with Amador Equine met the couple at their house.

She said the dogs tore up both horses, which sent them into stress and shock. The surveillance video shows the dogs attacking the horses for nearly two hours. Hughes said the dogs jumped over the fences and they want the owners to be held accountable. Calaveras County Animal Services and Sheriff’s Office are investigating the attack. CCSO had not responded to inquiries by the time of publication.