An Influx of Pigs
An Influx of Pigs
An ongoing case through the Kendall County Animal Control has filled HAHS with an influx of potbellied pigs! Initially, HAHS took in a black male potbelly pig that needed to be treated for mange that Kendall County had seized through an investigation into neglect. Three black potbelly piglets were also seized, but were put into foster homes because they were so weak and sick they couldn't make the drive all the way to HAHS. The three potbelly piglets received special care, along with several doses of antibiotics and were soon doing much better, although they were stunted from malnutrition. When they were strong enough, the three piglets, Joanie, Potsie, and Pinkie were soon making themselves at home in the HAHS Educational Center and continued to make a good recovery.
During the impound, the black mother pig and two other piglets had escaped into the woods and could not be found by animal control. After weeks of searching, Kendall County was able to catch the mother pig and one remaining piglet. Sadly, it is believed that the second piglet had been taken by predators while they were running wild. The mother pig and her son soon also joined the rest of their family here at HAHS. All the pigs have been doing very well and all are very sweet - we know they will make great additions to any home!
The male potbelly pig, Bart, the mother pig, Mrs. C, and the piglet running at large, Ralph, have all been relinquished to HAHS. The other three piglets (Joanie, Pinkie, and Potsie) are still currently on hold due to court proceedings. Once we have custody of all the pigs, we plan on spaying and neutering them before putting them up for adoption.
As an extra surprise, Mrs. C was pregnant when she came to HAHS and she gave birth to 6 healthy and happy piglets early this December! Her piglets, Cupid, Blitzen, Comet, Vixen, Dancer, and Prancer are cute as can be and are growing fast! Needless to say, all these new pigs have kept the HAHS staff busy this season!
Mrs. C nursing her new baby piglets in our heated Education Center while the winter winds blow outside.