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Saturday, May 04 2013 12:36 AM

Dog attacks horse outside fairgrounds; Sheriff's Posse member injured

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    By Casey Christie / The Californian

    After being attacked by a pit bull Friday night, Ken's injuries, right, were treated by a local veterinarian at the Kern County Fairgrounds. The horses owner and rider Anthony Mungary was thrown off the horse after the dog attack. Mungary and Ken were both participated in the Sheriff's annual rodeo opening ceremonies.

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    By Casey Christie / The Californian

    While recovering from his pit bull attack that happened Friday night on the Kern County Fairgrounds, Ken, right, gets used to his new surroundings at his temporary stables. His owner and rider Anthony Mungary is also recovering after being thrown off the horse after the dog attacked Ken.

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    By Casey Christie / The Californian

    Anthony Mungary, 68, is recovering at home after being thrown from his horse, Ken, Friday night at the Kern County Fairgrounds after the horse he was riding was attacked by a pit bull running lose in the area.

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By THE BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN

A veteran member of the Kern County Sheriff's Posse was thrown from his horse and sent to a hospital Friday night after the horse was attacked by a dog at the county fairgrounds.

Rider Anthony Mungary, 68 years old and a 22-year veteran of the posse, said he was treated for a broken collarbone and severely bruised ribs at San Joaquin Community Hospital. He spent Saturday recovering.

"It's really hard to breathe or move around much," he said, adding that he felt "kind of rough."

Fellow posse member Stan Henry said the horse -- which Mungary said is related to Roy Rogers' famous Palomino named Trigger -- is expected to recover.

"I understand that the vet on site stitched him up last night and he's OK," Henry said Saturday.

In a late-night news release, the sheriff's office gave this account of the 8:30 p.m. incident:

The Sheriff's Posse was riding in a rodeo at the Kern County Fairgrounds. After their presentation, Mungary was on his horse. A dog described as a "stray black pit-bull ... aggressively approached" Mungary's horse.

Mungary tried to move his horse away but "the dog lunged at the horse, biting the horse in the chest. (The horse) began bucking and kicking, trying to get away from the attacking dog. Mungary was thrown from his horse, landing on the ground."

Eventually another member of the posse started kicking at the dog and it fled.

A veterinarian on the scene treated Mungary's horse for what were described as severe cuts and puncture wounds. Bakersfield Animal control was notified of the incident.

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