AFTON, Va. (NEWSPLEX) -- In response to two people being arrested for allegedly torturing and killing a pig that had been at the Charlottesville-Albemarle SPCA, one local sanctuary owner said shelters are rarely equipped to take care of pigs.
"I rescue pigs from some of the most God-awful situations that you could imagine," said Lorelei Pulliam, Executive Director of Gallastar Equine Center.
Pulliam knows a thing or two about pigs. She and her husband take care of 150 of them. She said when she heard about the torture and death of the pig at the Charlottesville-Albemarle SPCA, she wasn't surprised.
"Your animal control obviously are not able to care for them, don't have the facilities for them," said Pulliam. "We're called by animal control to take pigs because you can't put them in a dog pound. It's a terrible place for them to be."
Pulliam says it's very easy for pigs to fall through the cracks and get abused when not taken care of properly.
"They're incredibly loyal animals. People don't know this and they treat them as expendable, and obviously something to torture and kill," said Pulliam.
She says pigs are not good pets for the vast majority, and need to be with their own kind. She says if you have one and want to get rid of it, the best place to take it is a sanctuary.
"We try to get them into a safe place," said Pulliam. "Into foster families, get them spayed and neutered. We do the same type of home check, vet references, everything that the dog and cat people do to find good home for the pigs, but it's very hard to do because it's not very many homes for pigs."
Pulliam says she really wants people to understand that all animal life is important.