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St. Petersburg woman attacked by wild hog in back yard

A wild hog had the run of 23rd Avenue N in St. Petersburg on Monday morning before being captured and euthanized.

St. Petersburg Fire Rescue

A wild hog had the run of 23rd Avenue N in St. Petersburg on Monday morning before being captured and euthanized.

ST. PETERSBURG — It was a hog, it was angry, and Cassandra Frank hadn't even had her morning coffee yet.

Just before 9 a.m. Monday, Frank saw the black swine grunting and shoveling its snout behind her family's yellow stucco home in the 2100 block of 23rd Avenue N.

The 200-pound sow came charging at her. Frank tried to get out of the way, but the hog barreled into her.

"It got me pretty good," said Frank, 26.

Its white tusks pierced the skin on her left calf, and its weight pushed her against a tree.

The wild hog stampeded on. Someone called 911.

A fire truck arrived. So did Animal Control. By then, the hog bolted up the street, cut across a grassy lot, went through some more back yards and doubled back on the dead-end street.

St. Petersburg Fire Rescue Lt. Dan Robinson had hunted wild hogs in North Florida as a boy. He tracked her 2-inch-wide hoof prints in the dirt.

Then she appeared. Nine men — Robinson, other rescue officials and animal control officers — had her cornered.

Robinson could see the hog was a mother. She charged again.

Robinson, a 15-year veteran, jumped over a 6-foot wood fence to get out of the way — cutting his forearm in the process.

"I seen what they can do. They'll take a dog and just rip it right open," said Robinson. "I'm outta here."

Finally, Animal Control officer Bill Warzybokl used a pole with a lasso to capture the hog. About 11 a.m., it was taken to a county facility, where it was killed by lethal injection.

Animal Control official Greg Andrews said the hog was euthanized because it had a broken leg and was in pain, and because its head had to be tested for rabies.

After the ordeal, Frank finally had her coffee. She received a tetanus shot and is recovering.

St. Petersburg woman attacked by wild hog in back yard 04/20/09 [Last modified: Monday, April 20, 2009 11:21pm]
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