Rescuers work to find homes for 458 pot belly pigs in massive hoarding case

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FALMOUTH, Ky. — The state of Kentucky has stepped in and taken possession of at least 458 pot belly pigs from a hoarding case in Falmouth.

Multiple local and national rescue organizations are working with the state to save the pet pigs, which are malnourished, pregnant and in distress, WLWT reported.

Officials said the pigs are in need of donations and volunteers to help with this effort.

“We have never seen a hoarding case of this magnitude,” said Josh Carpenter Costner, director at Cotton Branch Farm Animal Sanctuary in South Carolina, who is working with other rescuers to save the pigs. “Thank goodness the nearby Atti’s Acres Rescue was notified of this horrible situation. We are happy to work with them to save as many as we possibly can.”

Sept. 14th is the deadline for vetting, spaying and neutering and transporting pigs to approved homes. Officials also said at least 10-15 pigs are pregnant.

“It is a daunting task, and seems overwhelming and unbelievable. We are doing all we can to save all we can,” said Wendy Lake, of Red Oak Animal Rescue in Ohio.

Alana Rogers, of the Pig Advocates League, said, “Our greatest need right now is funding. We need donations to have them all vetted, spayed, neutered and micro chipped in order for them to be transported to new homes.”

Atti’s Acres, of Kentucky, Red Oak Animal Rescue, of Ohio, Ziggy’s Refuge, of North Carolina, Cotton Branch Farm Animal Sanctuary, of South Carolina, and the advocacy groups Esther’s Army and Pig Advocates League (PAL) are leading this rescue effort.

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