Every animal in this world deserves a decent life, free of pain, neglect, and out of the rich of cruel people who dare to call themselves pet owners.
The conditions in which these pigs were kept are unbelievably gruesome. The narrow stall was filed with mud and filthy water from where an awful smell could be felt.
“The owner claimed that he was paying someone to go and check in on the animals, but based on the conditions that they were found in and by the conditions of their bodies, that was not true,” Todd Friedman, founder of Arthur’s Acres Animal Sanctuary, a new refuge in New York’s Hudson Valley, told.
The poor animals were left at the awful place with no food or water, as well as no way out. They were condemned to spend their days there, confused, scared, exhausted, and starving.
Freedman said that it was so bad that the pigs would keep their heads on each other’s back in order not to drown while seeping.
“I’ve been in rescue for over four years, and I’ve never seen anything even close to this,” Friedman added. “They were completely emaciated. Their spines were just popping out. From the pictures, everyone thought they were dead.”
Luckily, a caring neighbor discovered the animals and got so worried for their safety that he called SPCA. The animals were quickly taken out of the horrible stall and provided with the much-needed care. The pigs were named Katniss, Rue and Prim. The three were later transferred to Arthur’s Acres Animal Sanctuary after spending a short amount of time at Southern NY Pig Rescue. It was just a matter of days that they got out of the stall alive.
The staff from the pigs’ new home do their best to provide them with the love and devotion they deserve. However, they were still scared and traumatized after everything they endured.
“They’re always ravenous, and they shouldn’t be ravenous, because they just ate a couple hours before that,” Friedman said. “They get pumpkins during the day, they get grain at night, grain in the morning, and they get peanuts and grain and treat balls during the day. But when you go to feed them, they don’t seem to know when their next meal is coming.”
“They were definitely standoffish,” Friedman said. “They were never angry or aggressive at all, but they were not understanding a pet or a scratch or a belly rub. At first, there was confusion, like, ‘Why are you touching me?’”
Over time, Katniss, Rue and Prim realized that Friedman and the rest of the volunteers were there to help them have a great life ahead.
“They’re just goofy, fun-loving pigs — and smart,” Friedman said. “They follow me wherever I go. I walk every day in the pasture, and they’re right at the back of me, just trotting along. They’re very happy-go-lucky, which is amazing coming from the situation where they came from.”
Besides the rough time and the difficulties they’ve went through, these lovely creatures learned how to trust humans again. And one thing is for sure, they will spend the rest of their days surrounded by people who care and love them unconditionally. We can’t thank Friedman and his Sanctuary enough for everything they do for the animals.
“My goal was to take animals from awful situations and make sure that I make up for that every single day, so they don’t suffer ever again,” Friedman said. “I need to make sure that I make up for every minute that they were in the water.”