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School's pet pig 'attacked' son, owner cited

9:55 PM, Feb 25, 2013   |    comments
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LAFAYETTE - The owner of a Montessori school has been cited for having a "vicious animal" after a father claims a pet pig named "Petals" attacked his son. 

9Wants to Know found police records showing Eva Boyd, the owner of the Adventure Montessori school, was cited earlier this month for having a pot-bellied pig on school grounds and for having a "vicious animal."

According to the father, whose children do not attend the school, the pig attacked his two-year-old son during feeding on Jan. 27, causing bruising and a traumatic experience.

The father was hired by the school to feed the pig and other animals on weekends, according to the police report.

When the pig allegedly attacked, the father admitted in the report his son was in the pig's pen during feeding.

From the father's statement to police:

"She[Petals] took a few steps towards her water bowl to her right and suddenly charged and slammed [REDACTED] in the chest and stomach area with her head and snout and rammed him back into the wooden fence post and wire mesh fence. It made a loud thump sound when she hit him. She had him pinned against the fence and was snorting and trying to root him and lift him with her head and snout."

The father claims in the report Petals did not stop attacking his son even after a couple of kicks to the animal's side and head. The father also claims along with his son's bruising, he can't sleep at night because of the traumatic event.

Boyd would not comment on camera with 9Wants to Know about the case, but did say Petals has been around children at the school for the past year-and-a-half without any sort of problems.

Along with the police report obtained by 9Wants to Know, a letter from the city's code enforcement department shows Adventure Montessori School was warned in 2011 about keeping livestock on the school grounds.

"Livestock is not allowed within the Lafayette City limits," the letter, dated April 25, 2011, said. "Adventure Montessori would not be allowed to have any livestock residing on the property, including the goats and pigs."

The letter was sent to the school after the city was notified Adventure Montessori included photos of livestock in its marketing campaign.

In the police report, Boyd admits to having the pig illegally but disputes the pig should be characterized as "vicious."

The father who made the pig-attack claim is only identified as "Scott" in the police report. He declined to comment with 9Wants to Know on the advice of his attorneys.

Boyd is expected to be arraigned on her "vicious animal" citation in April.

Petals is now living on a farm in Erie, Colorado according to Boyd.

Have a comment or tip for investigative reporter Jeremy Jojola? Call him at 303-871-1425 or e-mail him
jeremy.jojola@9news.com


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