WILD dogs have attacked and killed a five-year-old Riding for the Disabled pony at the Cartmill Centre, Burpengary, leaving volunteers and staff devastated.
The haflinger, named Noble, was found when centre president and coach Jane Sayer went to take hay to the animals on Monday night.
Ms Sayer said she was horrified to discover the "grizzly scene".
"It must've been a dreadful death," she said.
"This is not just a pet; these animals become partners in providing a service.
"They're cherished - he's had lots of attention and time, educating him into being calm around people with... [disabilities] to make them safe."
Ms Sayer said it appeared as though the horses had been chased, with footprints discovered next to the body.
"They [the horses] were all in the paddock together.
"He was a really healthy, young, fit pony.
"The volunteers, they're all devastated," she said.
Noble was bought by the centre at the end of last year.
Moreton Bay Regional Council has been quick to respond, issuing a notice to residents in the area warning them of padded foot traps being set up on Thursday.
Pet owners have been told to secure their animals while the trapping operation is underway.
A Moreton Bay Regional Council spokesman it was rare for a wild dog to attack a horse unless the horse was sick or injured.
"Council is assisting The Cartmill Centre with wild dog trapping which includes the use of a specially calibrated and padded foot trap," the spokesman said.
"Baiting is not a suitable option on land in proximity to urban areas."
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