Tuesday, August 25, 2009

OHS staff scrambling to care for seven abandoned piglets

August 25 , 2009
For immediate release

Staff at the Ottawa Humane Society (OHS) are scrambling to care for seven tiny piglets abandoned in front of a local constituency office earlier today.

The piglets, only a few weeks old, were found in a makeshift pen outside Premier Dalton McGuinty’s constituency office on Kilborn Avenue. The pen was constructed from plywood, with some bedding scattered over the sidewalk floor. The pen also contained food and water for the animals, but they did not have access to any shade to escape the sun.

City of Ottawa bylaw officers transported three of the piglets to the OHS, and the rest were picked up by an OHS inspector. OHS veterinarians are now checking the animals and staff are busy arranging for temporary housing inside a shelter full with cats, dogs and small animals.

“Whatever the motivations for leaving these pigs in the middle of the city, it’s disturbing that someone would make a choice to abandon helpless animals like this,” said OHS Executive Director, Bruce Roney. “Now we’re left to care for these piglets, on top of the hundreds of abandoned and homeless domestic animals we care for on a daily basis.”

OHS inspectors will be reviewing the case today and won’t rule out the possibility of laying charges against the owner of the animals. The pigs will likely be moved to a foster farm later today.

The OHS does not receive government funding or funding from any animal welfare group to care for animals in our community. To make a donation to contribute to the care and re-homing of these pigs, please visit www.ottawahumane.ca or call 613-725-3166 ext. 252.

Seven Little Pigs
Four of the seven piglets found abandoned in front of Dalton McGuinty’s constituency office on Kilborn Avenue this morning.
[Click for larger picture.]

For media enquiries, contact:
Tara Jackson, Communications Manager
613-725-3166 ext. 261

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