Woman Attacked by Wild Pig
ST. PETERSBURG, FL — Cassandra Frank says she hadn’t even had a chance to have her morning cup of coffee on Monday.
She says the father of her 6 and 7-year-old children told her there was a pig in the backyard of their home on 23rd Avenue North.
A pig in the neighborhood is definitely odd, since they live within the city limits. You can see Interstate 275 through the fence that runs along the side of their home. Cassandra says, “I used to have a pig growing up, so I thought it was, you know, not that big.”
The pig was behind a wooden shed in the back yard. It appeared to have been digging a hole there. Cassandra went to take a closer look.
“Well, when I saw the back end of it, I didn’t think it would be that big. But when it came charging at me and I really got a look at it… I mean, it scared me.”
It was that fear she says that sent her running back to the front of the house. The hog, weighing nearly 200 pounds, was moving fast too, and came straight at her. “So when I looked at my leg and I saw that it did, you know, nick me.”
Frank was left with a scratch and a bruise from the wild hog’s tusk.
Nine emergency workers responded from the St. Petersburg Fire and Rescue department, St. Petersburg Police Department and Pinellas County Animal Control Department.
Lt. Dan Robinson says, “We were all trying to capture the pig.”
Lt. Robinson, a 15 year veteran of the St. Petersburg Fire and Rescue department, says he had to jump over a six foot wooden fence to get out of the wild hog’s way. “She stopped about 10 feet short of me and looked at me. I looked at her and tried to scare her back to the pack, and at that time then she charged me.”
Robinson was able to get out of the way in the nick of time and wasn’t hurt.
Bill Warzybok, the animal control officer, finally captured the hog. He says the attacks could have been life threatening.
“The last thing you want to do is get gored by a 170 pound hog. It’s definitely not going to be good.”
Warzybok says it’s fortunate that the hog’s tusks were ground down and not three to four inches long. “It could hit a femoral artery and you could literally bleed to death.”
The hog injured its leg during the attack and had to put to sleep. It’s now being tested for rabies.
Meanwhile, Cassandra plans to head back to her job Tuesday at a local fast food restaurant. She’s also studying to become a medical assistant.
No one is sure where the animal came from, but the case is under investigation.