News / Utah / 

Cancer-Stricken Child to get Utah Horse to Replace One Killed



This archived news story is available only for your personal, non-commercial use. Information in the story may be outdated or superseded by additional information. Reading or replaying the story in its archived form does not constitute a republication of the story.

PAMPA, Texas (AP) -- A boy stricken with brain cancer soon could have a miniature horse to replace the one killed by a pair of pit bulls, a Make-A-Wish Foundation official said.

The 34-inch-tall, 250-pound Appaloosa probably will arrive from Utah early next week, said Jelaine Workman, the foundation chapter's executive director.

Workman said she wasn't certain whether Christian Vasquez, 3, had been told of the new horse.

Calls and e-mails deluged the office after word of the attack spread, she said. Discussions began Wednesday with a breeder in Utah.

The foundation gave Christian his first horse, Anniversary, in late August, seven months after the boy was diagnosed with a malignant form of brain cancer.

The horse was found dead Monday by Christian's father on the family's property. Raul Vasquez was nearly attacked by the dogs but managed to climb a tree and call 911 on his cell phone.

Both dogs were euthanized Wednesday, Gray County Sheriff Don Copeland said Thursday. The owner of the dog that escaped brought it to the Pampa animal pound, he said.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

SIGN UP FOR THE KSL.COM NEWSLETTER

Catch up on the top news and features from KSL.com, sent weekly.
By subscribing, you acknowledge and agree to KSL.com's Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

KSL Weather Forecast