TWO dogs that mauled a miniature horse so severely it had to be put down have been humanely destroyed and their owner put on a good behaviour bond for 12 months.
The dogs, Harley and Bear, owned by Mark Richard Weaver, attacked the horse kept at an Elm St home in Emerald in the early hours of December 16.
Central Highlands Regional Council senior compliance officer Robert Maher told the court that council officers at 9am on the day found the horse still being guarded by the dogs which were covered in blood.
A vet was called and due to the extent of the injuries, the horse was humanely destroyed.
Mr Weaver's wife, when contacted by the CHRC, readily admitted to owning the dogs and cooperated with officers.
Mr Weaver's solicitor Rhett Peters told the court his client had searched for the dogs earlier that morning but had to go to work.
Mr Peters said Mr Weaver was surprised at the dogs' actions as they had never appeared violent or dangerous, but was remorseful for what had happened.
He extended his apologies to the owner of the horse.
Mr Weaver pleaded guilty in the Emerald Magistrate's Court yesterday to two counts of failing to ensure his dogs didn't attack or cause fear.
Mr Peters supported Mr Mahr's submission his client be placed on a 12 month, $500 good behaviour bond, and pay $156 in summons fees.
No conviction was recorded.