Potbelly pigs at Allegany County SPCA animal shelter need homes


It’s been a hog wild week at the SPCA Serving Allegany County.

The animal welfare group is accustomed to sheltering abandoned, neglected and abused companion animals like cats and dogs, but when 27 potbelly pigs were surrendered to the agency Sept. 19, there wasn’t a snort of protest. There were a lot of pig puns, however.

Lynda Pruski, executive director of the SPCA Serving Allegany County, said the pigs came from a farm in Allegany County. She said they were voluntarily turned over to the SPCA by their owner and there are no criminal charges involved.

A week-old potbelly pig being sheltered by the SPCA Serving Allegany County.

The potbellies include both young pigs and adults, males and females, and all are considered on the smaller side, weighing less than 100 pounds.

“When this all occurred it was a little overwhelming but we are working with it,” Pruski said. “Traditionally, we shelter cats and dogs but we do (shelter) farm animals and other types of animals.

“We have had one or two (potbelly pigs) the past ten years. Maybe we have had four (total) over that period, but never 27 at one time. That’s what just makes it much more challenging.”


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