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Encounter with porcupine kills Montague family's dog

The DeGennaro family of Montague is broken hearted after their dog lost his life attacking a porcupine. Chester, a 9 year old pit bull mix was on their deck when the porcupine showed up. He charged down the steps and challenged the porcupine before anyone in the family could stop him. When they got to their beloved pet it was too late. Quills were all over the dog's face, chest and abdomen. Chester also swallowed some quills and did not survive two separate surgeries to remove them from inside his system. The DeGennaro family's vet bills are close to $20,000. A Go Fund Me account has been set up to try to help them.

As the owner of a pit bull mix I can tell you this breed is very protective and territorial. Although not always aware of the defenses smaller animals use to protect themselves. My Maddie has had several painful encounters with skunks. Hopefully, she has learned to stay away from them by now. Fortunately, I've never seen a porcupine in my yard. Now anyone who reads this post will know how dangerous their quills can be to our beloved pets.

Source: NJ.COM

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