Woman Rescues Second Potbelly Pig

By: Estephany Escobar Email
By: Estephany Escobar Email

Lesa Higgins adopted a second potbelly pig to keep them away from shelters or the roads.

I love pigs to death. They're my buddies," Higgins said.

But she said many of them are abused, abandoned or starved.

On Sunday, there were up to 10 to 12 listings for pigs in the area.

The price listed for potbelly pigs ranges from $40 to $125.

Some posts list the weight of the pigs, others don't.

"Those people don't know what size they're gonna be so they don't want them and they put them in a shelter," she said.

She said some sellers lie about the weight of the pigs when they are full-grown.

The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals for Augusta County said the pigs can weigh up to 200 pounds.

Higgins one year-old weighs 50 pounds and the most recent one weighs about 30 pounds.

But she said if they are overfed, they can reach up to 500 pounds.

Higgins is part of four organizations that rescue potbelly pigs.

She said this is the reason she adopted a second one.

"I get sick of seeing them end up in shelters all the time and the shelters are so full that they can't take them right now and then they end up being abused or neglected because they have no where to put them," she said.

The SPCA of Augusta County said they don't have space to care for these animals.

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