Veterinarians at Tampa’s BluePearl animal hospital say they expect a dog they believe was attacked by a wild hog to make a full recovery.
The dog, an approximately 10-year-old female boxer mix, was found in the woods in the Green Swamp Wildlife Management Area with puncture wounds that appear to have come from an attack by a boar, BluePearl spokesman James Judge said.
The dog was given the name River, because her rescuers found near the Withlacoochee River, Judge said.
The veterinarians cleaned and stitched River’s wounds and placed drains to prevent infection, Judge said. Overnight, the dog underwent surgery to remove a piece of her jaw and a tooth which were injured in the attack.
River will be cared for at a foster home for now. Once she has recovered enough, Second Chance Boxer Rescue will offer her for adoption. If she’s not adopted, she will live out the rest of her life at the Second Chance Boxer Rescue Ranch in Plant City, Judge said.
Second Chance Boxer Rescue is asking the public for donations to help with River’s medical expenses. Donations can be made at saveaboxer.org.