Heartwarming stories of animal rescues and adoptions can be uplifting… sadly, that’s not the case with this story, involving a pig named Molly. Molly was among almost 60 pot-bellied pigs that were rescued from a hoarding situation in Duncan, British Columbia by the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) last year. According to CBC News, Molly was adopted earlier this year… and weeks later, was eaten by her new owners. The family reportedly had problems training the three-year-old pig, who was likely to live to be between 12 and 15 years.
The SPCA told CBC News they were in “shock” about the pig’s fate, with Leon Davis of the organization noting: “All the animals that come through our care or branches we get attached to. To hear that somebody did this to an animal that we worked so hard to make sure was healthy, and tried to get into a good home, is absolutely heartbreaking.”
RASTA Sanctuary, an organization involved in the pig’s rescue, took to Facebook to explain that they are “absolutely gutted and truly beyond devastated, writing: “It takes a special type of person to adopt an animal from a rescue organization simply to take them home to kill them, and eat them. This girl’s name was Molly. She was one of the 57 potbelly pigs that the Duncan SPCA took from a hoarding situation last year. The RASTA Sanctuary was personally involved with that rescue from which we ended up taking two pregnant mothers; Emma and Sophie, that eventually gave birth to 11 beautiful babies; Olivia, Oscar, Ringo, Sarah, Midge, Huxley, Dudley, Josie, Juno, Spanky & Tinkerbell.”
The post continued:
“Sadly tiny Tinkerbell passed away shortly after birth due to a cleft pallet, but the remaining dozen potbelly pigs that we rescued will stay together with their families and be forever safe at the RASTA Sanctuary. Unfortunately Molly wasn’t so lucky and for that we feel absolutely gutted and truly beyond devastated.”
The sanctuary also explained: “People often ask if the RASTA Sanctuary adopts out any of its animals and the answer is no. As a Sanctuary for rescued farm animals it’s our mission to provide our rescues with a forever home free from harm and exploitation and to educate the public about the cruelty that farm animals routinely suffer behind closed doors. While we recognize that we could rescue more animals by rehoming them, unlike with dogs and cats, the risk of our residents ending up on someone’s plate is just too high and it’s not something we’re willing to consider. Rest in peace beautiful Molly.”
Sandi Trent, manager of the Cowichan & District branch of the country’s SPCA, where Molly was adopted, told the Cowichan Valley Citizen:
“We have stringent policies in place as part of the adoption process for all the animals we have here, which include dogs, cats and goats right now. We also have long conversations with the people looking to adopt animals to make sure the animal is right for them.”
An official from the SPCA noted that the organization loses legal rights to an animal once they’re adopted but that they would have taken the pig back had the owners contacted them and discussed any issues they were having.
The adopters have been blacklisted and won’t be allowed to adopt from the SPCA again.