Driver tosses 6 animals in Franklin Park in bitter cold temps; Pig rescued



FRANKLIN PARK, Pa. - Tom Mischen wasn’t looking for any new animals at his family’s cattle farm in West Deer Township, but that changed Tuesday morning.

Mischen told Channel 11’s Jodine Costanzo that he received a phone call from a frantic stranger Tuesday morning, when the weather was subzero, who said they witnessed something unfortunate.

According to the good Samaritan, she was driving on Brandt School Road in Franklin Park Monday nightwhen she saw someone abandon six animals on the side of the road.

The woman said someone tossed four dogs, a pig and a parakeet onto the side of the road and drove away.

According to the woman, the four dogs ran into the woods and the parakeet flew away. However, she was able to rescue the pig. The next morning, Mischen received a phone call.

“She probably heard of us and that’s why we got the call,” Mischen said.

Much to the delight of his granddaughters, Mischen said they took the pig and named her Lilly.

“Whoever took care of her did take good care of her. She wasn’t skinny or malnourished,” Mischen said.

Mischen said the mystery surrounding the dumped animals is disturbing.

“Why would someone want to drop anything off when people out there gladly take animals? I don’t understand it,” Mischen said.

Franklin Park police said a police report was not made, so they’re not investigating.