Family’s therapy pigs beaten to death

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(WAVE/NBC News)  A rash of strange killings and acts of cruelty involving animals has Bullitt County, Kentucky pet owners worried.

Two of Sunnie Howell’s therapy pigs were the latest victims.

Two of her three pet pigs were brutally beaten, and now she’s trying to draw connections with similar abuse cases in the area.

“If it’s not one person doing this then we have several sick sadistic people,” Howell says.

Howell said she returned home from dinner with her husband Thursday and went to check on the pigs – Honey, Pigrawk and their baby Gypsy. All were trained therapy pigs that visit nursing homes and children who need them most.

“When I came to the gate and I didn’t hear them it didn’t register at that point,” Howell explained. “Usually when I rattle the gate you start hearing them talk.”

That’s when she discovered something had gone terribly wrong.

Both Honey and Pigrawk were bloodied and battered beyond belief.

“We open up the door and the first pig closest to the door was Honey and she was obviously gone,” Harrell said. “And then Pigrawk was back in the corner and he was gone. Gypsy was sitting in the other corner just sitting there staring.”

Gypsy is the lone survivor of the attack, but she didn’t waddle away unharmed. Howell said she has some bruising and can be skittish around sudden movements.

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