By Nicole Fierro
MOBILE, Ala. (WPMI) — Is it a hog or a dog? A disturbing mystery over meat turned into a violent situation last Saturday.
Mobile resident Anthony Myers believes he was given the body of a skinned dog instead of a hog.
"This doesn't look like any pig I’ve ever seen," victim Anthony Myers said showing NBC15 the meat. "It's too doggone weird."
The twisted turn of events started with a family tradition and ended with a major concern over animal cruelty.
Myers said he ordered a pig from Clinton James, his usual game go-to guy, for his family’s yearly Joe Cain Day cookout.
"He had been treating me right the last few years, but the more I thought about it, the more I kept looking at this animal," Myers said. "I'm saying to myself, 'that's not a pig' and 'who removes all traces from a pig.'"
James came to Myers' home on Saturday asking for money, but Myers said he wasn’t going to pay for what appeared to be a dog.
"I said he could take it back, and then he took out a pistol and threatened me for 40 dollars," Myers said.
Myers called the police who arrested James for robbery.
"But I am still really curious to find out what this animal is, I really am," Myers said.
NBC 15 brought Myers and the mystery meat in to meet the doctor at Parkway Animal Hospital.
"That is just too strange to me," Dr. David Martin said, adding, “it doesn't look like a pig to me."
Dr. Martin says the size of the body, its build and lack of hair or feet lead him to believe it's not a hog.
"It looks a little malnourished. You can see in the rib cage and everything," Martin said. "I can't say it's 100 percent a dog, but in my opinion, it looks closer than a dog to a pig to me."
NBC 15 asked Mobile Police if animal cruelty charges could be filed if the meat is officially declared as dog. We have yet to receive a response and will provide an update as soon as possible.