BULLITT COUNTY, Ky. - A pair of trained therapy pigs are the latest animals victimized in a recent rash of attacks on pets in Bullitt County, Kentucky.
A family reported that two of their three pet pigs were savagely beaten and killed Thursday while they were away at dinner, according to WAVE-TV.
Sunnie Howell says when she got home Thursday night she found two of her prized therapy pigs, Honey and Pygrawk, dead inside the backyard shed. https://t.co/Dykltb9jtD— WHAS11 News (@WHAS11) June 8, 2019
Sunnie Howell said she was shocked at the condition of her pets, named Honey and Pigrawk, when she returned to her home.
“When I came to the gate and I didn’t hear them it didn’t register at that point,” Howell told WAVE.
“Usually when I rattle the gate you start hearing them talk,” she said.
Howell said, instead, she found both animals battered and bloodied.
“We open up the door and the first pig closest to the door was Honey and she was obviously gone,” she said. “And then Pigrawk was back in the corner and he was gone.”
A third pig, the younger offspring of Honey and Pigrawk named Gypsy, survived, but also sustained injuries, including bruising.
“They didn't deserve to die as brutally as this,” Howell said in a post on social media. “They were gentle and loved by many.”
Sunnie Howell said that Gypsy is the only one of her three pigs that survived a frightening ambush. Gypsy and her parents, Honey and Pigrawk, were all trained therapy pigs. https://t.co/q6DHQ4D8zi— LEX 18 News (@LEX18News) June 11, 2019
Howell said she was so saddened and upset by the attack, but pledged to help her one surviving pig recover and to find out who did this to her pets.
Other animals have been attacked in the area recently, including a cat with its feet tied together found in the middle of the road, a dog that was stabbed repeatedly, according to the news station. Another dog was discovered with gasoline on it and a koi pond was poisoned.
“If it’s not one person doing this then we have several sick sadistic people,” Howell said.
A reward fund with $1,300 so far has been set up for information leading to those responsible for the attacks.
Sunnie Howell kept three pot-bellied pigs as emotional support animals for people in her Kentucky community. When she went to give them some leftovers after dinner last week, she discovered two were dead — most likely beaten, she told a CNN affiliate. https://t.co/Yopn7oUWJK— CNN International (@cnni) June 11, 2019
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