On the morning of May 2, 2013, on her farm in Lambertville, Michigan, Stephanie Sonnenberg swears that she saw two dogs kill two show pigs inside her barn. Sonnenberg says one dog attacked her, but she was able to defend herself with a wooden board and overpower the dog, holding it for animal control. One dog is a husky, weighing in at 60 pounds. The other is a husky mix, weighing about 30 pounds. The two pigs weigh approximately 100 pounds each. The two dogs are owned by Janni Juhasz who resides just across the border in Ohio.
By Michigan law, the dogs must be destroyed and Sonnenberg must be compensated for her loss. Sonnenberg claims the pigs were worth $45,000, or about $225 per pound. Another source states that Sonnenberg was offered $9,000 ($45 per pound) and turned it down. These appear to be pretty expensive show pigs.
The first time I read about this insanity I wrote it off as just another filler for the birdcage liner, but then I got to thinking. Pigs are tough customers and have an irascible disposition. They are not anything close to Arnold from Green Acres. If the dogs actually did mix it up with the pigs, why aren't the dogs all torn up? As it turns out, I'm not the only one asking that question. Keep reading to see the latest news.