Wednesday, September 26, 2012

‘Pit vs. Pig’ Story Goes to TV Judge

Twin Falls farmer Gwen Ruggles, left—shown here selling produce in Bellevue—used to be a longtime Wood River Valley resident. Her teenage daughter Samantha is a 4-H member who was ready to enter her prized pig as a swine project in 4-H competitions last month. But, according to Ruggles, one night the family returned home after an evening out and checked on their pigs, only to find a pit bull covered in blood inside the pigpen. Samantha’s prized pig had a broken leg and its throat was ripped open,” Ruggles said. “We had to kill that pig, and another one had over 40 stitches in its ham,” she said. Three other pigs belonging to other 4-H kids had a variety of puncture wounds and lacerations, she said. Apparently, the dog had dug under the fence to gain entry and exit. A veterinarian was summoned on the night of the incident and for a checkup a week later. A neighbor was given the vet bills, which totaled $200, Ruggles said. “She said she would pay, but after three weeks there was no payment,” Ruggles said. After thinking about the situation, Ruggles called the “Judge Joe Brown” television show “significantly after 10 p.m.” on a Friday night and told her story to whoever answered the phone. Early Monday morning, the show's producer called back. The show flew Ruggles and her neighbor to Burbank, Calif., where a show to investigate the matter was taped. It is scheduled to be aired on Nov. 5. Tune in for the verdict. Express photo by Willy Cook

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