Forget cougars - and the Jersey Devil. New Jersey wildlife officials believe that a wild dog severely mauled a horse in Camden County last week.
"We think these injuries were caused by some kind of dog, most likely a feral dog," said Darlene Yuhas, spokeswoman for the state Department of Environmental Protection. "There's no evidence that any other kind of animal was involved in this attack."
Buddy, a 14-year-old thoroughbred, suffered gashes on its back and had its belly ripped open Friday night while in a pasture at the Double D Ranch on Watsontown-New Freedom Road in Winslow Township.
"That's where most of the damage is, underneath," said Anjel Barone, 19, a pet-shop manager from Berlin who owns the horse and boards him at the ranch.