Abused Potbellied Pig May Not Be Obese

November 1, 2007 | By Matt Van Hoven | 398 comments
Tags: pig, abuse, potbellied, cruelty & abuse, other

MINNESOTA – A Winona, Minnesota woman is accusing a colleague of animal cruelty – after she left a pet pig with the coworker for a period of nine-months.

Michelle Schmitz asked the colleague to watch her potbellied pig named Alaina Templeton, while she recovered from ankle surgery.

During that time, the pig gained 100 pounds, causing it's collar to grow into its neck. To add insult to injury, Schmitz says the sitter renamed the pig Pork Chop – she says all that constitutes animal cruelty.

It took a 4 and a half hour surgery to remove the collar, but Alaina is now recovering well.

And according to Richard Slayton of Pigs4Ever.com, a healthy adult potbellied pig should weigh from 120 to 250 pounds. Alaina is five years-old, well beyond adolescence, and currently weighs about 150 pounds.

Schmitz said she tried to keep Alaina's weight at 50 pounds – Richard Slayton says that's much too thin.

Kevin Behr of the Winona Daily News told us Schmitz's vet wasn't concerned about the pig's low weight.

Schmitz hasn't filed charges, but the Winona County Sheriff's Department is investigating. They're holding the name of the sitter.

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5 years ago

This is Neglect, and Neglect is abuse.. That simple

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6 years ago

It's to bad that neither person had enough common sense to care for the pig, and the pig who end up paying the price in the end.

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