Central NC shelters, sanctuaries have an influx of pigs due to ‘teacup’ misconception


ELECTRICAL WORK OF THE HOSPITAL. POLICE WAKEMED ARE TRYING TO DETERMINE IF THERE WERE MORE’S. HE IS DUE BACK IN COURT NEXT MONTH. THERE IS A HUGE PIG PROBLEM. AMY CUTLER FOUND OUT IT IS NOT SLOWING DOWN. HE IS STILL GROWING. WHEN YOU THINK OF A SO-CALLED TEACUP PIG, THIS IS PROBABLY WHAT COMES TO MIND. THEY ARE FRIENDLY, SMART, INQUISITIVE, AND SO DARN CUTE. THESE ARE JUST BABIES. THAT’S THE ISSUE. THERE IS NO SUCH THING. WHAT PEOPLE ARE BUYING OUR PIGLETS. LED BY THEM COMPLETELY UNDERAGED. THEY TYPICALLY HAVE TO STAY WITH MOM UNTIL AT LEAST EIGHT WEEKS. SHE AND HER HUSBAND CARE FOR MORE THAN 100 FARM ANIMALS, HALF OF THEM PIGS. THEY ARE NOW AT CAPACITY, BUT THE CALLS KEEP COMING. ORANGE COUNTY ANIMAL SERVICES SAYS THEY HAVE SEEN UP TICK IN THE NUMBER OF PIGS BEING BROUGHT IN, AND THEY ARE NOT SET UP TO CARE FOR THEM. WE DON’T HAVE A YARD WHERE YOU WOULD NORMALLY KEEP PIGS. WE HAVE TO HOUSE THEM TEMPORARILY HOW WE CAN. MOST PEOPLE ARE BUYING POTBELLIED PIGS. IT TAKES UPWARDS OF FIVE YEARS FOR THEM TO MATURE. THEY ARE CONSIDERED MINIATURE IF THEY WEIGH LESS THAN 400 POUNDS. FEMALES CAN REPRODUCE JUST THREE MONTHS OLD. MOST OF THE TIME, THE ANIMALS ARE NOT SPAYED AND NEUTERED. SINGLE PIGS ARE NOT HAPPY PIGS. THEY URGE PEOPLE TO DO THEIR HOMEWORK AND REACH OUT TO SANCTUARIES OR RESCUES, NOT BREEDERS FOR INFORMATION.

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