Serge is the owner of about fifteen horses intended to soon take tourists and riders on rides in the Hauts de Sainte-Rose. Its equestrian center is under construction as well as bungalows with breathtaking views of the windy coast.
A postcard bruised for a few months by dog attacks. The balance sheet is heavy. Following a first attack four months ago, two horses did not survive the bites and two mares miscarried due to stress.
Another horse was seriously injured overnight from Saturday to Sunday. An attack two days before the one suffered by his neighbor, Eric Gonthier, the sheep and poultry farmer. “It was at 6:30 a.m. Sunday that the horse was discovered bleeding, bitten deeply on the neck.says bitterly the owner of the place.
It was with the help of the president of the UPNA, Dominique Clain, that Serge and his relatives treated the animal, for lack of an available veterinarian. “There is no equine veterinarian in the East, plus it was Mother’s Day, all the equestrian centers are complaining, we don’t know what to do to get things moving“, he laments.
He expresses his fed up with the situation when securing his 15 ha farm against dogs is impossible despite the installation of an electric fence. In the evening, most of the horses are let loose in the pastures. “If the dogs want to come in, they pass“, slice Serge.
New boxes are being built, as well as a carousel. And pending the commissioning of the center, “for the moment, the insurance we do not think about it“He hasn’t passed through the door of the gendarmes yet.”File a complaint, against whom ?” he asks. If he thinks of stray dogs, they could also belong to locals: “There were 5 mastiffs down there yesterday, if they come back it’s over, they have owners“.
The trail of dogs used for hunting is also not excluded. Faced with a loss of nearly 10,000 euros for an adult and trained horse, he appeals to the authorities, the Cirest in the lead (in charge of animal wandering) to “put something in place” but also the dog owners of “taking responsibility”.
Waiting, like his neighbour, one of his sons spent Monday night there “We are not here to kill dogs but at some point we will have to come to that“, warns Serge.