SAN JOSE, Calif. — Four miniature horses and a Sicilian donkey have been mauled to death by dogs that got into pens at a Northern California children’s zoo.

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

The Mercury News reports Wednesday that security footage shows a pack of three dogs roaming the grounds, but not the actual attack.

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

Officials suspect the dogs dug under fencing to get inside. One dog was found and will likely be euthanized.

Zoo director Valerie Riegel says staff is heartbroken.


Information from: San Jose (Calif.) Mercury News, http://www.mercurynews.com

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