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Second arrest made in pig attack
Clyde Thomas McFearin

A second arrest has been made in an attack of a domestic pig in Effingham County last month.

Clyde Thomas McFearin, 52, of Springfield was charged Wednesday with aggravated cruelty to animals and obstruction of a law enforcement officer stemming from the pig attack on April 3 in Bevil’s Mobile Home Park.

McFearin is being held in the Effingham County Jail on $20,000 bond.

The pig, named Oliver, was attacked after it wandered off from its owner’s property on Courthouse Road and into Bevill’s Mobile Home Park. According to the Effingham County Sheriff’s Office, Benjamin Fullwood, 23, incited two pit bull terriers to attack the pig and then he stabbed the animal more than 20 times in front of several witnesses, including children.

Deputies continued to investigate and determined that one of the two dogs belonged to McFearin. According to witnesses, McFearin let his dog loose after the pig was being attacked by Fullwood and his dog.

Along with the cruelty to animals charge, McFearin was charged with obstruction because “he lied to investigators throughout the investigation,” said ECSO spokesman Detective David Ehsanipoor.

Despite its serious injuries from the attack, the pig survived. Oliver was treated at Webb Animal Clinic and returned to his owner, Ehsanipoor said.

Fullwood bonded out of jail two days after his arrest. He was charged with aggravated cruelty to animals, obstruction and trespassing.