FALMOUTH, KY. (WKRC) – Two weeks after conditions at a Pendleton County farm became public, animal rescue groups are calling for help to save nearly 600 pot-bellied pigs from being put down.
The hoarding case is gaining national attention and rescue groups from across the country are now getting involved.
Josh Costner works with the Cotton Branch Farm Animal Sanctuary in South Carolina and has been on the farm off Lenoxburg Road.
“This is the largest hoarding case that any of us have ever worked on or that we’ve ever heard of in the U.S.,” said Costner.
Costner says the pig’s owner adopted 15 pigs about three years ago but none of them were ever spayed or neutered. After three years of uncontrolled breeding, the numbers are pushing 600 and still climbing. If about 100 of them hadn’t wandered off the property, Costner says he’s not sure what kind of numbers they’d be seeing.
“With 200 pregnant pigs, you have the possibility of another 1,200 piglets, and then, as they breed easily, in a year they could have had anywhere from 2,500 to 3,000 pigs here,” said Costner.
Some good news came for volunteers over the weekend. The original deadline for adoption was Sept. 14 but has now been extended to Oct. 14. Pigs left un-adopted at that date will be euthanized.
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