Horrid conditions lead to pig’s death

Due to extreme conditions, the pot belly pig had to be put down by the Bloem SPCA. PHOTO: Supplied

A pot belly pig that was once a household pet, was left without care for an unidentified period, which ultimately led to its death.

An inspector from the Bloemfontein SPCA, Werner Botha, received a complaint on 7 June 2022 from a smallholding in Waterbron, Bloemfontein, about the pig. Upon inspection, he found that the hooves of the animal are extremely overgrown indicating that they had not been trimmed or looked at for a very long time.

“From what we can gather, the pot belly has been laying in the same position for a long time, as it was found lying in its own urine and own droppings, further since the pot belly was not able to move he could not reach any food or water. There was a water bowl nearby but it was clear the pot belly couldn’t reach it,” says Botha.

The hooves of the animal were overgrown showing that it had not been trimmed for a long time. PHOTO: Supplied

The pig had been found in tremendous pain and had multiple indications of medical problems. “As a result of the horrible condition the pig was in, we had no other option than to humanely euthanise the animal at the premises,” Botha continued.

According to Botha, the pig’s hoofs were so overgrown that it was clear that each time it would try to stand up it would cry out in pain.

“For an animal, any animal to choose to lay down and just give up is extremely cruel to me. It is blatant that there was little care given to the pot belly’s welfare,” he concluded.

As a result of the negligence, a case of animal cruelty has been opened against the owner of the pot belly.

Please contact the Bloemfontein SPCA if you would like to report on any form of animal cruelty you may have seen, or to assist with donations for the other animals in their care.
Contact details are: 051 447 3801 or inspectors@bloemfonteinspca.co.za

Bonolo Moloi