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Linda Blair Connected to Shocking Pig Attack

1/20/2010 4:11 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

"Exorcist" star Linda Blair is smack in the middle of a deadly situation -- after a neighbor gunned down a dog that escaped from Linda's animal shelter and attacked the neighbor's pet pig.

Linda Blair
The drama unfolded Sunday afternoon. Cops confirm the dog -- which Linda described as a lab/hound mix -- escaped from her WorldHeart Foundation in Los Angeles and ran over to a nearby ranch.

The ranch owners claim they saw the dog put a "death grip" on their miniature potbellied pig named Gerty.

The ranch owners claim they grabbed a gun and fired some warning shots in an attempt to scare the dog -- but the dog didn't loosen its grip. That's when they decided they had to shoot the dog.

According to the ranch owners, they fired off 5 shots before the dog released the pig from its jaws. The dog ultimately died as a result. Gerty the pig suffered puncture wounds -- but is expected to make a full recovery.

Police investigated the situation -- and decided criminal charges will not be filed against the pig's protectors in connection with the shooting.

UPDATE: Linda released a statement about the incident ... click through to read it.

Ms. Blair was not on the property at the time the incident happened. It has taken over 48 hours to get through the shock of this horrific tragedy, collect all the necessary facts and file statements with the Los Angeles Sheriff's department, including ones given by the eye witness LBWF volunteers, before releasing our statement to the press and the public. The necessary and truthful necropsy report on our beloved lost dog will be made available within a week.

On Sunday January 17, as I was driving to our mobile adoption event with our dogs, I received a devastating phone call. It is my understanding one of our rescued dogs, after a walk with a new volunteer, was accidently placed into a non kennel area. Suddenly, the volunteers heard the disturbing noise of several of the neighbors' dogs fighting with each other through their property fence lines, which happens quite often. During this time it appears our dog made his way over the fence and traveled up the alley between our properties.

The Deputy Sherriff report says, the dog jumped into the pig's enclosure and bit the pig. One of our volunteers never heard the pig, but the woman's loud, hysterical screaming led him to jump up to a high position to see what the commotion was about. The location was documented by the Sherriff's Deputy. I was present when the volunteer made the following account to the Deputy, "I did not see a pig or a woman by this time, they must have taken cover, only a dog running in fear with nowhere to go in this small area. A man with a gun appeared, proceeded to chase, corner and unload the gun in rapid fire. He shot the dog 6 times in the head, eyes, neck and body, all within a close 3-5 foot range - execution style, killing the dog instantly." The necropsy report will show the six casings still embedded in the dogs head, eyes and body. In addition to this account, other neighbors are willing to go on record as ear shot witnesses, to hearing 6 rapid fire shots, as they rang throughout the neighborhood.

A second volunteer ran to the scene and found two neighborhood women who had witnessed the event standing in a state of shock. He told the Deputy, they tearfully exclaimed, " the dog jumped on and bit the pig, and then the woman was screaming and the dog was running away, when the men came out and killed what the ladies thought might be one of our dogs." Our volunteer then told the Deputy, " I looked back and realized in fact it was one of my favorite and beloved rescued dogs. I got teary eyed, feeling the onset of both shock and sadness, wondering what in fact had just happened to make someone shoot a dog so violently."

I have expressed my deepest concerns for the condition of the pig. The Deputy informed us that, in his opinion, the injury to the pig was not life threatening. As a former pig owner, animal lover and neighbor, I have offered through the responding Deputy, to provide or pay for the medical care, if needed, for injuries the pig may have sustained in this unfortunate incident.

I again was present, when the second volunteer went on explaining to the Deputy, "the property owner and an unknown man, with gun still in hand, made a very scary threat concerning the safety of our remaining rescued dogs." The complete statements have been legally filed with the Los Angeles Sheriff's department through the responding Deputy.

We know this dog to be very sweet, gentle, and kind. This dog had no human aggression in him whatsoever. It's important to note that we are a non-breed specific rescue and the dog was simply a lab and unusual Egyptian-like, hound mix. This dog was one of the many wonderful companion animals we have rescued. Despite this tragedy, we will continue towards our goal of saving lives.

We are in an American Crisis of pet overpopulation and people losing their homes, many times being forced to abandon their companion animals. Several of these pets were given shelter here at LBWF. I have been rescuing our Southern California dogs and cats since 1997. I served our country volunteering in Louisiana, providing a safe-haven for 51 dogs, which is all on record. I take service to our country very seriously, giving up my life as I knew it, to rescue my animal friends and provide a safe shelter and life for them until they find their forever loving homes. I encourage everyone to join a nonprofit, as volunteering is a selfless act to help a fellow person or animal in their time of need. I encourage all to help out in your communities, wherever you may live.

Please do go to our website for more information and to make a much needed donation. 

Linda Blair

*The dog's remains have been donated to a veterinary college for education and the necessary autopsy report for the Sheriff's records.

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How sad....for all concerned.

1716 days ago


The pooch was possessed...
and got more than an exorcism!

1716 days ago


Thank God for the 2nd Ammendment! I bet that pig is all for it!

1716 days ago


If a potbellied pig ever got the chance, it'd eat you and everyone you care about!

1716 days ago


God Bless Linda for her compassion and love for the animals. I knew she was a animal lover, I didn't know she had her own shelter. I am sure she is heartbroken about the dog. Glad the pig is okay, but again, how terrible about the poor dog.

1716 days ago

lisa lisa    

Linda Blair's World Heart Foundation is
NOT in Los Angeles - it is in Acton, CA.

1716 days ago


@Troy 6:18 am - I'm going to porcine university!

1716 days ago


Bet Linda yakked up her split pea soup when she heard the news...

1716 days ago


The guy is a rancher right? So....he works around giant ranch animals all day, or cares for them right?

And instead of breaking up this little tiff, he kills the dog?

Pigs can take a lot. They are a VERY tough animal, mean too. I have 5 dogs. 3 Cattledogs, 1 Bluetick Coonhound and a Pit.

My little female self has to jump right in and break up dog fights. So....Mr. Ranch man. My question is....

Why did you just stand like a wuss and not jump in? Shame on you for shooting that dog.

Hound and Lab mix? Give me a break, that fight would have been broken up in seconds in my world.
I hope he feels guilty big time.

1716 days ago


As a farm owner, we have to do everything we can to protect our animals from aggressive dogs. A dog can decimate a flock of chickens, herd of goats, or in this case a pig. I love my animals more than yours, so keep your animal contained. She's lucky, most farm owners live by a rule: SSS (shoot-shovel-shut up). If Linda Blair had followed that one simple rule, her dog would still be alive. Irresponsible dog owners are always the first to cry foul when something happens. Take RESPONSIBILITY for your own actions; you killed you own dog when you allowed it to room and menace.

1716 days ago


More than likely it was a Pit Bull, as she is advocate for them !!! i woud have shot the dog,too !!!

1716 days ago

justice is mine says the lord    

pigs belong on a farm, protected to be raised only for meat and the by products that feed DOGS....That poor innocent dog, no matter what breed, did NOT deserve the death penalty. They should have killed the pid and fed it to the dog. Somebody better check to make sure that who ever owns that area where the dog "escaped" from is feeding and caring properly for any and all animals that are there. A dog doesnt usually just attack an animal or a person without reason or provocation.
Whoever decided that killing a dog over a stupid pig was a smarter lesser of two evils needs to be in jail. Make sure the guns are properly registered, because they probably arent.
maybe the dog and the pig were in an argument of the whole NBC Leno/Obrien has EVERYONE upset ya know.

1716 days ago

janet Neil    

People need to be more reasonable for there own dogs!sounded like a pit bull who jumped a 6 foot fence...
I would shoot any dog that threatens my animals on my property.
The person who said who cares about the pig, you are really stupid and ignorant.

1716 days ago


Hopre she learns her lesson and keeps her dogs contained from now on. If it happens again SHE should be the one that gets shot.

1716 days ago


Some of you folks are funny.. Mrs. Blair has 39 pitbulls in her Rescue Shelter. The dead PITBULL had numerous chances before his demise. Mrs. Blair and her staff should have been more responsible. The rest of us are. I would bet Mrs. Blair had no relationship with that pitbull. These are 2.5 acre lots I'm not sure they qualify as ranches, but whatever. The pig owner on the mini ranch probably hand feeds, cuddles, grooms and doctors her animals with loving affection. Her animals have names not numbers. Why did Mrs. Blair choose to lie about the dog's pedigree. The dog got what it deserved because Mrs. Blair failed to do her job. I also live by the SSS because I love my animals.

1716 days ago
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