Josephine County authorities say three pit bulls who killed a pregnant mare have been taken to a shelter and will not be returned to their owner.

Josephine County authorities say three pit bulls who killed a pregnant mare have been taken to a shelter and will not be returned to their owner.

Animal control supervisor Brad Tally says the owner of the dogs will likely be fined for maintaining a dangerous dog.

Caryn Gumaer owned the mare named Sugar Plum. She says a neighbor still traumatized by Friday's attack saw five dogs slip under a fence and maul the horse that was days away from giving birth.

An animal control officer could only find three of the suspects. A check of their feces turned up hair from the horse.

A neighbor with a backhoe helped bury Sugar Plum under an apple tree near Selma.

— The Associated Press