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Mar 31, 2016 4:45 PM

Hogwash? Pig on the butcher's block a big misunderstanding for NH SPCA, ex-owners


Whoever thought that the story of a pot bellied pig’s search for a home could cause controversy?

Certainly no one at the New Hampshire SPCA.

When someone surrendered the pig – saying a butcher had saved the 3-year-old pot-bellied pig - SPCA workers went to work caring for the pig and looking for a home.

READ: Butcher drops off 'Missy' the pot-bellied pig at NH SPCA to be put up for adoption

But they had no idea there would be such a public outcry, especially because it turned out to be a huge misunderstanding.

Missy is needs a forever home. On Wednesday, she was featured on Facebook - as “Pet of the Week.” The post explains Missy’s owners no longer wanted her so they took her to a butcher.

That sparked outrage on NH1 News's Facebook post, as hundreds of people questioned how any pet owner could butcher their pot bellied pig.

Upset at the public’s outcry, the pigs former owner Eric Scott Tucker took to Facebook and wrote of he and his ex-girlfriend that "No way would we have given her to a butcher to be killed. We are not bad people."

After a breakup, he explained that he and his girlfriend Ryleigh Rafuese gave the pig to a butcher, James Akerman who dealt with a lot of farms and wanted to find her a good home.

UPDATE: Owner says Missy the pig was never on the chopping block; butcher was a family friend

They were shocked to find out Missy had been turned over to the SPCA two months ago.

"She was well cared for but for certain circumstances she was no longer allowed in the home and she came to us," said Monica Yanlosick, a NH SPCA Adoption Counselor who has been working with Missy. "But this is not neglect or abuse, just an unwanted pot-bellied pig that showed up to us."

They just want to find a home for Missy

She’s leash- and litter-trained and loves to be outdoors.

"She does like to snuggle with people, and she’s a very, very social pig," Yanlosick said.

The twisted tale of Missy’s adventures may never be known. Where she was or who saved her, but what’s clear is that the 3-year-old beauty will never be on the butcher block - she just needs a family to love her forever.


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