PENDELTON COUNTY, Ky. (LEX 18) – Rescuers in Pendelton County are trying to find homes for hundreds of pigs found living on a single farm.
They say soon it could be too late and some of the pigs will have to be put down.
“The love that they give you and the compassion they give you is something you don’t get,” said animal rescuer Jodi Vigar Dawson.
Dawson is with Atti’s Acres Pig Rescue, and she says the group has until September 14th to find homes for over 400 pigs currently living on the farm.
The farm owner is facing charges of releasing into the wild after neighbors complained of escaped pigs ending up in their yards.
Dawson says when she heard about the situation here, she couldn’t walk away. Now her rescue and others from across the country are coming into town to prepare the pigs to be moved. But she says it will cost about $40,000 to do everything they need.
“They all have to be spay and neutered, microchipped so there’s a bunch of volunteers showing up and people from other rescues and we’re going to be get a bunch of them ready,” said Dawson.
She’s asking for donations and volunteers who can help get the pigs to safety. Otherwise the animals may have to be euthanized.
“We will not just hand them over to anyone. We don’t want them to end up in the same situation, we want them to find a loving home,” said Dawson
Dawson says volunteers are coming in tomorrow to get each pig a health certificate. She says each pig is required to have one before they can leave Kentucky.
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