Monday has been a busy day at Happy Hooves Pig Rescue, WSPA reported December 16.
Greenville County Animal Control representatives and volunteers have rounded up 42 pigs from an abandoned property in south Greenville County near Pelzer in the Preston Road area. The pigs were allegedly deserted by their owners, Jeremiah and Jennifer James, when they were left with no food or water.
The James family was evicted from their home after being more than $4,000 behind on their rent. Property owner Gerald Robinson told WSPA that in the ten years of managing rental properties he's never seen anything like this. Robinson stated
“Disgusting. Nasty. It's just a bunch of mess.”
The pigs came to Happy Hooves Pig Rescue from many situations. Some were pets who were no longer welcome in their family. Others are feral or farm pigs. A statement made on a recent Fundrazr page, which has now suspended donations, states
"We have pigs needing to come here to be safe from shelters and slaughter and need your help for fencing..feed and vet bills."
Their Fundrazr page encourages people to donate to support Happy Hooves. The webpages tells the story of how the rescue gets their pigs from shelters across South Carolina, North Carolina and Georgia. They also take in pigs when a family is unable to keep the pig due to the economy, the overwhelming size of the pig or when a pig becomes sick and the family cannot afford medical treatment.
Happy Hooves is registered as a charity with the South Carolina Secretary of State. Unfortunately the state doesn't have the manpower to investigate each charity and has to rely a lot on public tips.
It's sad when a rescue abandons the animals in their care. This is happening far too often in the United States. Unfortunately, the animals are always the ones to suffer. Right now the pigs are being taken to a temporary facility, where they'll eventually go to another farm, a rescue, or sold at auction.
WSPA messaged the James family, but hasn't heard back to get their side of the story. No charges have been filed as of the time of this article.
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