Twenty Four “Starving” Pigs Rescued From Cattaraugus County Farm


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ASHFORD, NY – A nationally recognized group known for protecting the well being of animals recovered 24 pigs that were reportedly found starving and locked up in complete darkness from a Cattaraugus County farm on Folts Road. 

Farm Sanctuary with the assistance of the Cattaraugus County SPCA rescued the animals after acquiring a court order to do so on January 16, 2018.

The sanctuary’s emergency rescue team reportedly seized 24 pigs, most of whom are between 1 and 6 months of age, from the property, including a mother and nine newborns, all of whom are in bad shape.



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The organization said in a release the pigs require great care, space to roam and warm barns to call home, the organization (whose shelter is currently at capacity) is looking to urgently place dozens more pigs who remain on the nightmarish property into loving forever homes through their Farm Animal Adoption Network (FAAN), the largest rescue and refuge network for farm animals in North America.

Furthermore, Farm Sanctuary reports this isn’t the first they have rescued pigs from this farm.

In 2002 more than 125 pigs were rescued from horrible conditions.



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Farm Sanctuary’s National Director Susie Coston said in a statement the decades of abuse is sickening.

“It’s outrageous that this man has been allowed to torture pigs for nearly two decades,” said Farm Sanctuary National Shelter Director Susie Coston. “The last time we were called to his property, we found pigs literally frozen to the ground. We urge the court to prosecute this known animal abuser to the fullest extent of the law and prevent him from ever having animals in his care again.”

Coston is thankful for the relationship Farm Sanctuary has with the Cattaraugus County SPCA and the Cattaraugus County Sheriff’s office who assisted with the case.

Farm Sanctuary has a New York Shelter in Watkins Glen where care giving staff provide the pigs rescued with “round the clock individualized care” to help them recover.

Learn more about Farm Sanctuary at farmsanctuary.org.

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