Dakota on the operating table at Blue Pearl Veterinary Partners in Tampa
A baby boar in the back yard where Dakota was injured
LUTZ, FL -
Lutz resident Tom Miller has seen wild boars around his home before. They may be attracted by the feed left out for his horses or dogs. But the wildlife they love so much almost turned deadly. This morning, a large wild boar attacked his miniature Australian Shepherd named Dakota, goring the 3 year old dog in the abdomen.
Miller, a veteran Tampa Firefighter with 26 years in the field of emergency medicine, rushed home to find a bloody scene. With his wife and two young sons crying, he loaded Dakota up for the trip to Blue Pearl Veterinary Hospital. He said his extensive experience did not prepare him for this. "When it's your pet or family member, it's just not the same" he said. "it was very upsetting. He was covered in blood. He could barely walk. He was stiff and even at the slightest of moves, he would wail in pain" said Miller.
Doctors at the Veterinary hospital say Dakota may have injuries to his organs. He underwent surgery early Wednesday evening. The wait is painful for Miller. He and his family are animal lovers.
An animal charity called Frankie's Friends is paying for most of the vet bill. Miller says, without it, he likely would not be able to afford his care.