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458 Pot-Bellied Pigs Seized in Kentucky, Will Be Euthanized

2018-09-04 20:17
Kentucky state officials have seized 458 pot-bellied pigs in a hoarding case, and now officials are looking for homes for the animals or they will be euthanized. Lori Tristan said that she found herself with over 400 pot-bellied pigs after trying to start an animal rescue organization, 13 WHAM reported. The pigs’ population exploded, and she couldn’t handle the responsibility of taking care of the animals. On Sept. 1, the state stepped in and seized the hundreds of animals. “We have never seen a hoarding case of this magnitude,” said Josh Carpenter Costner, who is the head of Cotton Branch Farm Animal Sanctuary in South Carolina. “When I first arrived at the location of these pigs, I couldn’t believe what I was seeing. I had never seen anything like this before,” said Jodi Vigar Dawson of Atti’s Acres, another animal sanctuary. The animals will be euthanized on Sept. 14, and rescue organizations are racing against the clock to find people to adopt them. Wendy Lake, who works for the Red Oak Animal Rescue in Ohio, told 13 WHAM: “It is a daunting task, and seems overwhelming and unbelievable! We are doing all we can to save all we can!” Carpenter added that people living nearby reported the animals roaming around freely. Many of the pigs were found to be pregnant and malnourished, WNEM reported. “If they’re not properly vetted, if they’re not spayed or neutered it just continues ballooning and ballooning and ballooning until it’s out of control and what we’ve found on multiple cases like this that we’ve worked is it ends up with animals dying of starvation it ends up with you know horrible illnesses,” Carpenter said. Credit: Cotton Branch Farm Animal Sanctuary