85 Pigs Rescued from Cattaraugus County Farm

SPCA and Farm Sanctuary conducted operation earlier this week

Tom Puckett
January 19, 2018 - 12:55 pm

Cattaraugus County, NY (WBEN) The Cattaraugus County SPCA and Farm Sanctuary conducted a rescue of 85 pigs from a farm earlier this week. They say food and water were nowhere to be seen.

The groups previously collaborated on several occasions, including a 2002 cruelty case at the same property, overseen by the same person, involving more than 125 neglected pigs.

After acquiring a seizure order from a local judge to legally rescue and care for the pigs, Farm Sanctuary’s Emergency Rescue Team seized 25 pigs, most of whom are between 1 and 6 months of age, from the property, including a mother and nine newborns, all of whom they say are in bad shape. Because pigs require a great deal of care, space to roam and warm barns to call home, Farm Sanctuary says it  is looking to "urgently place dozens more pigs who remain on the nightmarish property into loving forever homes through their Farm Animal Adoption Network (FAAN), the largest rescue and refuge network for farm animals in North America."

“It’s outrageous that this man has been allowed to torture pigs for nearly two decades,” said Farm Sanctuary National Shelter Director Susie Coston. “The last time we were called to his property, we found pigs literally frozen to the ground. We urge the court to prosecute this known animal abuser to the fullest extent of the law and prevent him from ever having animals in his care again. We’re grateful for our strong relationship with the Cattaraugus County SPCA and the Cattaraugus County Office of the Sheriff, who diligently investigate cruelty cases on farms and contact us to help these beings get the love and care they so desperately need.”

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