Animal rescuers have issued a nationwide plea for anyone who's ever fancied owning a pig to get in touch to save the animals, who are malnourished and 'in distress', from being euthanised.
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According to boston25news, the animals, some of which are pregnant, were living with an animal hoarder, who failed to get any of the animals neutered so ended up overrun. The previous owner also failed to provide adequate care for the animals, so now some have health conditions which will require treatment from vets.
The Pig Advocates League adds that, according to authorities, the pigs need veterinary attention and to be delivered to their new homes by 14 September or they will be put to sleep.
In a heart-breaking post on Facebook the charity wrote: "Many people remember the Polk pigs back in 2016 - there is now a situation that is four times larger. Four hundred and fifty-eight pigs in Kentucky have a clock on their precious souls.
"We have 19 days to vet and place as many of these pigs as possible before the state of Kentucky euthanises them. There has never been a more desperate time in the pig community as there is right now.
"Pig Advocates League has teamed up with Atti's Acres, Red Oaks Animal Rescue, Cotton Branch Sanctuary, Ziggy's Refuge, The Pig Preserve, and Esther's Army to save as many of these pigs as possible.
"PAL will be collecting all donations for this massive effort and [will] distribute them for spays/neuters, microchips, health certificates, feed, and any other care needed for these animals.
"Atti's Acres has been coordinating the work on the ground and has done an amazing job. It's time for the animal community to step up and do what we do best - support and save as many animals as we can."
The post then goes on to explain how people can help, urging people to consider adopting a pig if they can or to donate money, which you can do here.
The money raised will go towards essential vets' bills to cover the cost of neutering, health certificates, microchips and other treatment as well as food.
You can find out more about the pigs or the work that the Pig Advocates League does here.
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