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It's a frog, it's a gorilla? No, it's Pig the dog

By: JAY REEVES The Associated Press
June 28, 2014 Updated: June 28, 2014 at 10:49 am
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This June 17, 2014 photo shows a woman scratching the head of Pig, a dog born with severe deformities, at a park in Alabaster, Ala. Found with littermates in woods near Atlanta, the 8-month-old mutt was adopted by Kim Dillenbeck of Helena, Ala. Pig runs and plays with other animals despite have a shortened spine, misshapen hips and no neck. She hops like a frog to stand up and walks with a high-shouldered gait that resembles a gorilla. Unable to swing her head side to side, Pig spins her whole body to see what's beside her. (AP Photo/Jay Reeves)

It's impossible not to stare at Kim Dillenbeck's dog Pig.

Born in Atlanta with severe deformities and adopted by the Alabama woman, the 8-month-old mutt has gangly legs, a body that appears to have been chopped in half and no neck.

Pig looks like one of those fake animals created with Photoshop to draw clicks on websites, yet she's real.

"The whole clinic loves her. She comes in and she's a rock star here," said Dr. Rachael Hudson-Breland, a veterinarian who treats Pig.

The friendly little animal hops like a frog to stand up and walks with a high-shouldered gait that resembles a gorilla. Unable to swing her head side to side, Pig spins her whole body to see what's beside her.

None of the vets who care for the dog has ever seen another animal with the same condition, said Hudson-Breland, but Dillenbeck has seen a few similar-looking dogs online.

Found as a puppy with three littermates in a wooded area in metro Atlanta, Pig is smaller than her surviving siblings at only 15 or so pounds. Her spine is about 7 inches shorter than normal and wavy, with many bones fused together.

Dillenbeck, who first saw the dog during a Christmas visit and later brought her home, said coming up with a name wasn't difficult.

"When she was really, really little she looked like a little fuzzy piglet," she said.

Tens of thousands have watched Internet videos of Pig since she had a coming-out party last month during a community event in Birmingham, and Pig has her own Facebook page with more than 30,000 followers.

Last week, dog owners at a suburban park lost track of their own animals as they stopped to watch Pig play in water and run around surprisingly quickly.

Dillenbeck said it's the same anytime Pig ventures out in public.

"She always draws a crowd," she said.

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