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Mini horses, donkey killed by dogs at San Jose zoo

Four miniature horses and a Sicilian donkey were killed after a late night dog attack at Happy Hallow Park and Zoo in San Jose.

Officials at San Jose’s Happy Hollow Park and Zoo said one horse was killed after closing Jan. 14. Maintenance crews arrived the next day to find Sweet William dead in his pen.

On Jan. 20 workers arrived to find Maybelline the donkey and the remaining horses – Luna, Cayenne, Spice Girl – dead inside the grazing pen.

“The unfortunate incident involved dogs which breached a secured perimeter after operating hours,” said Director, Angel Rios Jr.

Zoo officials suspect the dogs dug under a fence to get inside.

One dog, a Belgian Malinois was captured at the zoo and another was found outside. A third small dog is still on the loose but a park spokesperson said it is not considered a threat.

Female Belgian Malinois pictured below:

Staff said they are looking into permanent solutions for increased perimeter security like a dig-proof barrier along the perimeter.

“We are still grieving the loss of our miniature horses and Sicilian donkey. It is never easy to say goodbye to beloved animals,” said zoo director, Valerie Riegel.

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