I will be going to the shelter first thing in the morning to separate the sexes and assess the sick.
We need major help here. The board has put a freeze on the rescue due to the recent adoption returns. They won't let me take any in.
I need volunteers, fosters, support, a few extra hands, and supplies if I'm going to help these pigs.
Can anyone help?
Chunkypiggies and I are going to go down there in the a.m. to do triage and take pictures. We have another volunteer coming to help bathe and medicate.
Fenella in San Diego says she can take as many as 12 and I will be driving them down there after we sort out everything at the shelter. I can take 5.
This leaves somewhere in the vicinity of 10 pigs who are in danger of being euthanized very soon. Moms and babies too.
Apparently, they were seized by AC from a private residence. This is a high-kill shelter that charges a 5$ adoption fee.
- GL Junkie
Think it would be possible to somehow work out transportation?
With permission from Chary.. I can post some pix :) I should have them all cropped and loaded on my ImageEvent page by late late tonight.
Hope the transport is going well, chary.
We made it to San Diego and are just waiting for Fenella to get home from work. She is taking the 7 females and 1 unweaned male and I have 4 baby males and 2 adults at my house, one of which is the one with a bad case of mites.
I don't understand why the rest look fine but this one has a back end full of scabs. Hm.
Yes, they are all Americans. Chocolate/Orange/White broken, every last one of them. It is obvious that they are related.
And here is the disturbing part (aside from the conditions, which you will see in the photos that CP snuck away with): 28 pigs came into the shelter last Wednesday. That's what it says on the impound paperwork. They were on a stray hold that was supposed to last 6 days, so not counting the holiday, they were to be released tomorrow. That means that they were not allowed to euthanize them or adopt them out.
But there were only 16 pigs there today. The front desk personnel and the kennel staff did not have a clue what happened to them. Then they paged a certain employee and she came to the front. She and the desk employee who were helping me went into the back room, where I could see them talking for over a minute. Then the desk employee came back and said that they still didn't know what happened to them.
So, on our way out, I commented to the shelter director (whom I had met when I came in and who kindly released them to us one day early without any fee) that it was a little odd that there were 12 pigs less than on the impound report. He seemed alarmed, and the employee who was helping me was standing behind him. She looked afraid.
Advice, now. How far and in what manner can/should I pursue what happened to these 12 missing pigs? My instinct says that, if the shelter director is willing to let 16 go without charge and break the stray law as well (without even asking me for any identification!), then what other laws could the shelter be breaking?
I find it impossible to believe that, in 6 days' time over a holiday weekend, this ancient, tiny, decrepit shelter in a bad neighborhood found homes for 12 pigs.
I think they euthed them.