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Thu, Nov 1 | By Matt Van Hoven | 398

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… more ›

Abused Potbellied Pig May Not Be Obese
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ArthurCurtis
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ArthurCurtis
5 years ago

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

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CMiller4
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CMiller4
5 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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Michele C.
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Michele C.
5 years ago

Absolutely, common sense seems to be a rare comodity these days. I do believe it is a form of abuse

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deb a.
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deb a.
5 years ago

sorry I would make sure that I was checking in once in a while, and maybe be a little pickyer about who was watching my pig, and why didnt she feed it more herself, not sure who to blame

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Alex C.
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Alex C.
5 years ago

Hmm, another case of people not paying attention.

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Jill6Johnson
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Jill6Johnson
6 years ago

I am not sure why she kept the pig at a low weight, but the sitter should have had sense enough to take the collar off when the pig began gaining weight.

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Iseeurn
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Iseeurn
6 years ago

Take care of the animal urself.Dont leave it up to others

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Linda W.
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Linda W.
6 years ago

Not sure either of these people should have the pig.

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Laura D.
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Laura D.
6 years ago

Sounds to me like the owner should be charged with animal cruelty- not the sitter. The owner underfed her pig, left it with someone who obviously didn't keep a close eye on the pig (how do you not notice a collar getting tight?), and didn't even seem to visit or check up with the animal. Hope the pig ends up safe and happy and well-fed.

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Sarah M.
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Sarah M.
6 years ago

She should lose the pig. Check who the heck you are leaving your animals with.

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WANSTREET
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WANSTREET
6 years ago

Nine months for recovery and she never once saw her beloved pet? Neither one should have the pig.

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Mary P.
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Mary P.
6 years ago

Two wrongs don't make a right. Not sure either of them are fit to be the pigs owner.

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Laurel C.
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Laurel C.
6 years ago

It sounds like the pig needed to be fattened up...but the collar should have been loosened or taken off if he was in an enclosure. Who leaves their animal with someone for 9 months and doesn't notice that the animal is changing? Sounds like the owner really loves the animal now that they can maybe try and sue.

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Seana B.
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Seana B.
6 years ago

This is just a bad situation all around. It seems that neither the original owner nor the sitter was overly responsible. Poor pig, that is the real victim here. I think neither of these people deserve to keep her, both have proved themselves to bee less than ideal pet owners.

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penny m.
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penny m.
6 years ago

So the owner had ankle surgery. None months?? Can't visit your pet anytime in the meantime?? What is the OWNER"S problem? Underfed the pig,farmed it out for nine months and then complained???? I do wonder how the petsitter did not notice the collar needed changing...Two not-so-smart people it seems.

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Cam J.
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Cam J.
6 years ago

I've never heard of putting a collar on a pig. Did she walk the pig like a dog? Anyway the sitter should have seen that the collar was getting to tight.

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Smlhelps
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Smlhelps
6 years ago

POOE PIGGY GLAD SHE IS BETTER NOW NEXT TIME FIND A BETTER SITTER.

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Judi M.
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Judi M.
6 years ago

why the heck didn't she just take the collar off and get a larger one?

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Emma J.
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Emma J.
6 years ago

letting the collar grow into it's neck!? come on woman, you would have to have known SOMETHING. *shakes head* poor pig.

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Mybffmojo
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Mybffmojo
6 years ago

i hope alaina's doing well

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collyn f.
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collyn f.
6 years ago

this makes me sick to know that someone doesn't care enough about their animals to research them and take care of them properly

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collyn f.
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collyn f.
6 years ago

i would want to visit my animal.
even if i was hurt
but they should have known about the average weight of the pig. thats just irresponsible.

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Wyoming County S.
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Wyoming County S.
6 years ago

the babysitter should have been educated

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Shirley B.
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Shirley B.
6 years ago

I feel sorry for the pig. The poor thing probably felt starved. Both women are clueless as to proper care. The owner should have visited her pet. The pet sitter should pay the vet bill. The vet should have informed the owner that the pig was too skinny. No excuse for the name change; however, the pig could care less.

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Anne W.
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Anne W.
6 years ago

Pig sitter should pay vet bills for ingrown collar. Owner should have given sitter strict guidelines for feeding. These pigs tend to gain weight easily. Seems the pig was too skinny according to the experts even tho owner's vet says it wasn't. Maybe putting on another 25# would have been okay. Either way...pig should have been monitored more closely to see collar was too tight. Sitter is definately at fault here.

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Cassie3
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Cassie3
6 years ago

She should have watched (or at least visited!) her own pet for NINE MONTHS. Talk about unreasonable.

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Amanda
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Amanda
6 years ago

lol she said calling the pig "Pork Chop" was animal cruelty? Please. It's not like she killed it and cooked it in a big pot. And she only got the pig to a healthy weight, she probably started actually feeding it when it was hungry or something. The only thing is that maybe she should have thought to take the collar off, but that isn't animal cruelty. I seriously doubt the whole time she had the pig, she was thinking, "I want to make this pig suffer so I'm going to make him fat and get his collar stuck."

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Jessie  G.
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Jessie G.
6 years ago

Should have looked after the pig if you only have a broken ankle you still could have gone over and visited.

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Kristi L.
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Kristi L.
6 years ago

I would have checked in on my pet a few times over a 9 month period. She would have seen the growing pig. I pig sit for two potbellied pigs and 150 seems about average for their weight, but i've also seen smaller. The caretaker should have at least removed collar when she began to gain the weight. Weight can be fixed by diet, but the surgery to remove the collar is disgusting.

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Tami T.
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Tami T.
6 years ago

Very strange story indeed.

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Louise P.
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Louise P.
6 years ago

I think the sitter should be fined for abuse. Obviously, she wasn't taking care of the pig for it to gain so much weight.

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Jenn
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Jenn
6 years ago

That's terrible. Both people are at fault.

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Missy
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Missy
6 years ago

The pig needs a new home. Who leaves their animal for 9 months for ankle surgery???

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LadySephiroth
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LadySephiroth
6 years ago

Sounds like both sides are in the wrong here. Sad.

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Felicia
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Felicia
6 years ago

they both seem to be responable. but jeez 9 months and she didnt check on her beloved pet at least once?

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Roxann
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Roxann
6 years ago

The owners pig was unhealthy under weight which I blame her for. The one that was supposed to be caring for the pig is cruel to have let the pigs collar grow into her neck! They both have no business caring for the pig.

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Charmedone92
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Charmedone92
6 years ago

I think that the sitter is at fault for calling the pig Pork Chop and for leaving the collar on the pig while it was growing. Also, I think the owner was at fault because a pot bellied pig should not weigh 50 lbs!!

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Jefflee3
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Jefflee3
6 years ago

50lbs for a potbellied pig! that is way too thin. she must have been starving the poor pig.

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abby  s.
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abby s.
6 years ago

how aweful. Both seem to be at fault.

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dana R.
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dana R.
6 years ago

Hmm you can't have a 50lb potnellied. That's like having a 20lb pit bull. ugh. She's crazy. So sad about the collar. sigh.

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Janicevarley
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Janicevarley
6 years ago

Poor piggy.

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Jessica R.
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Jessica R.
6 years ago

sound like neither of these people need the pig,

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betty p.
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betty p.
6 years ago

Got to agree with Mr. Ed. Neither persons need to have any type of animal.

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Ed D.
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Ed D.
6 years ago

Two women who need to be animal-free.

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Ed D.
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Ed D.
6 years ago

Whoops - I mean a woman and her neighbor of unknown sex who need to be animal-free! Sorry, women!

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PackLeader1
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PackLeader1
6 years ago

Your punishing the wrong person. The co-worker had the pig, so she was responsible for its care.

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Ourstaff
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Ourstaff
6 years ago

There is more to caring for animals then just tossing food at them. It sounds like this sitter didn't take the time to do anything more then dump food and leave. If she had she would have seen the cllar was getting to be tight and removed it.
How did the owner find this woman?

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Katrina  J.
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Katrina J.
6 years ago

Umm,,,and thanks for watching my pig? Maybe she should have hired a proffesional and paid to have someone follow specific instructions. In what world does it take 9 months to heal from ankle surgery anyway?

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Charlotte C.
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Charlotte C.
6 years ago

I think both people should be charged. The woman who kept the pig 70 pounds underweight and the one who didn't take the collar off the pig when he gained all that weight

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Kim W.
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Kim W.
6 years ago

I don't think she should be so upset as to the weight gain but more concerned about the collar growing into the neck. Maybe she should have looked into who was watching the pig for her.

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Dee
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Dee
6 years ago

50 or 150 what is the correct weight. She is lucky they volunteered to take responsibility for her pet since she wasnt.

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Karen S.
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Karen S.
6 years ago

Allowing the pig to gain so much weight causing the collar to grow into the neck is heartless cruelty!

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