Pig attacks two people at Townsend farm, one sustains life-threatening injuries

A pig attack at a Townsend farm Tuesday injured two people, with one man sustaining life-threatening injuries, according to Townsend police.

Police responded to 188 Fitchburg Road for an injured woman just after 5:50 p.m. Upon arrival, first responders found a 38-year-old woman with lacerations on her body from a pig attack, according to police. She was transported to a local hospital for further treatment.

Hours later, around 7:30 p.m., police were called back to the same farm for a man more seriously injured by the same animal.

Police said a medical helicopter was requested due to the 50-year-old man’s life-threatening injuries, but due to weather, he was instead transported by EMS to UMass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester.

The animal, an adult boar or male pig, was quarantined by the state, according to police. Police said it will be evaluated on Wednesday by the Massachusetts Department of Agriculture, State Veterinarian, Animal Rescue League and Townsend Animal Control.

“The Townsend Police Department is investigating two very unfortunate farm incidents involving an animal attacking two people in the same day,” Police Chief Robert Eaton Jr. said in a statement. “We will be working closely with our partners in the animal control and veterinary world to determine the best course of action.”

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