A Minnesota woman is accusing a co-worker who pet-sat for her potbellied pig of animal abuse. Michelle Schmitz wants to file abuse charges because the pet-sitter allowed the pig to get fat and triple in weight.
Schmitz said her pig, Alaina Templeton, weighed 50 pounds when she left her with the pet-sitter. Schmitz went on medical leave in February to recover from ankle surgeries.
She tried to get her pig back in April, but she said her co-worker would not return her calls. Schmitz didn’t know where she lived and after driving around, she finally was able to find the woman’s farm.
When she finally saw Alaina after nine months, her pig weighed 150 pounds. Her neck had grown around her collar, so she had trouble breathing. Alaina had to endure a 4 1/2 hour surgery to remove her collar.
Officials are investigating the case and if there was any animal abuse. As of yet, no charges have been filed against the co-worker.
Schmitz believes her co-worker let Alaina run around outside where she was able to eat cat food. She added that her co-worker’s cats looked extremely thin when she picked up her pig.
She is extremely distraught over her pet’s weight gain and said she has always kept Alaina on a strict diet to keep her weight around 50 pounds. Schmitz added that her pig is her life.
Source: Winona Daily News