MINT HILL, N.C. -- A Mint Hill man's horse has died after having been attacked by two pit bulls owned by a neighbor down the street.
The pasture where 'Joker' spent her days behind the home of Bill Williamson was empty Wednesday night.
"I've looked across that pasture every day. I go out and feed her twice a day. She was just a fixture," Williamson said, looking out from his back deck.
Animal Control searched for the two dogs owned by Michael Roberts, who lives just up the street.
When NBC Charlotte tried to talk to Roberts he said, "I'm over it and I don't want it put on the news and I don't want my name involved with it."
Roberts owned two different pit bulls that escaped two years ago and attacked Joker.
When Williamson tried to scare off the dogs that day, he suffered a near fatal heart attack.
Those two pit bulls were surrendered and put down. Both Williamson and Joker survived that attack, but the horse did not survive Wednesday afternoon.
Nino Abdic is Williamson's next door neighbor and saw the dogs going after Joker Wednesday.
"They were biting at the back of the legs. It was really sad," said Abdic, who added that he tried to scare off the dogs. "I grabbed a stick and some rocks from the neighbor's driveway to chase them away."
The dogs did run off, but Joker was dead.
The loss of the horse is difficult for most everyone, especially Williamson.
"The thing is, I don't have to worry about her anymore. Those dogs settled that," he said.
As of late Wednesday night the pit bulls were still on the loose. If anyone sees them please call Mint Hill Police at 704-847-5555, or Mecklenburg Animal Control at 311.