RIVERSIDE, Calif.—The owner of two wolf-dog hybrids that got loose and mauled a Southern California miniature horse has paid a $30,000 settlement.

Lake Mathews rancher Chris Herron, whose tiny horse Bojangles was killed two years ago, says he hopes the deal with the wolf-dog owner will encourage others to do a better job of keeping their animals penned up.

The Riverside Press-Enterprise (http://bit.ly/TPKeED) says Herron sued Cesar Siordia for $65,000, which included $25,000 in punitive damages and $25,000 in lawyer fees. Trial was scheduled for March.

But the case was dismissed in November when both sides settled for $30,000.

Ranch workers saw Siordia's wolf-dogs eating Bojangles.

A ranch hand shot and killed one of the dogs and the other was euthanized.

Siordia was cited for violating the county leash law.

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Information from: The Press-Enterprise, http://www.pe.com