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Pig to be euthanized after attacking couple on Mass. farm

The pig has been quarantined and will be put down by animal control

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Two people were hospitalized, one with life-threatening injuries, after a pig attacked them on a Massachusetts farm.

Townsend police and medical responders arrived at a farm at 188 Fitchburg Road around 5:52 p.m. on Tuesday after a woman, 38, reported that a male pig attacked her, authorities stated.

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That victim, Shannon Hernandez, sustained lacerations to her body and was moved to an area hospital for treatment, WBZreported.

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Townsend authorities were called again to the farm at 7:29 p.m. because the same pig had attacked a man, police reported, adding that he received more serious injuries than the earlier victim.

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The male victim, Jose Hernandez, 50, was being treated at UMass Memorial Medical Center forlife-threatening injuries after the attack, according to WBZ.

Hernandez, describing the incident toNECN, said she's had the5-year-old pig name Boss for three years. It apparently escaped from its stall before going after three female pigs.

"The girls come into heat every 21 days, so it's my responsibility to keep him quarantined enough that he's not going to break through. And he did, he broke through," she told NECN.

Her husband was attacked when he "pick up the water to clean it out and refill it," she added, and is now in stable condition.

Police, said Wednesday afternoon that pig after conferring withlocal animal authorities and "the owner of the pig, the decision has been made to euthanize the animal and conduct a test for rabies."

 
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