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Tampa firefighter's dog dies after boar attack

Tribune staff
Published:   |   Updated: March 13, 2013 at 09:43 AM

A dog that was attacked Wednesday by a wild boar in the Lutz area of Hillsborough County has died, according to the veterinary hospital that was treating him.

Dakota, a 3-year-old miniature Australian shepherd, died at 4 p.m. today at the Blue Pearl Veterinary Hospital.

"Due to the extent of the trauma suffered and subsequent infection that was unresponsive to treatment, Dakota's blood pressure dropped and his organs failed to maintain normal function," James Judge, the hospital's media relations manager, wrote in a media release.

"Every effort was made to save Dakota," the release said.

On Wednesday, Dakota's owner, Tampa firefighter Tom Miller, said his family, including two young boys, was devastated by the attack.

Miller said his 26 years in the emergency medical field could not prepare him for dealing with 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."

An animal assistance organization named Frankie's Friends was helping to pay for Dakota's treatment.

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