Miss Piggy, as the small swine is being called by rescuers and vets, suddenly found herself in need of urgent help Friday night. “She was brought in by law enforcement after being mauled by two dogs,” said Dr. Ira Zaslow, one of her caretakers.
Police and animal control rushed to the scene of the attack in Pembroke Pines. Officials said Miss Piggy was bleeding from several deep wounds and abrasions.
Zaslow said the pig was in a frightful state when she was brought in to the vet’s office. “In shock, rapid heart rate, respiration, extremely high temperatures ranging up to 107 [degrees] and change, which is very dangerous, and was bleeding from several bite wounds,” he said.
Emergency surgery started immediately after she arrived. “We needed to cool her down with ice packs and cold water while still being able to examine her, flush the wounds and eventually sew them up,” said Zaslow.
Once Zaslow and his team got Miss Piggy stable, her prognosis started to turn around. “She’s doing great, and she’s easy to treat. She’s made it easy for us,” he said.
Since the attack, the pig’s appetite has started to come back, and Zaslow said he’s optimistic about her long-term prospects. “I think she’s going to be fine. We’re a little worried about infection after dog bites,” he said. “I don’t foresee any long-lasting issues.”
The two pit bulls involved in the attack were taken in by Broward County Animal Services. Their owners were issued citations.