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925 Pigs Found Dead Inside Pennsylvania Barn

Owner had left the farm months ago, say authorities
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 16, 2010 7:08 PM CST
925 Pigs Found Dead Inside Pa. Barn
A file photo of healthy pigs.   (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

Authorities in Pennsylvania are investigating what could be an unprecedented case of animal cruelty. They found 925 dead pigs inside an abandoned barn and are conducting autopsies to determine whether to file criminal charges, reports the Philadelphia Inquirer. The animals had been dead for months, and the owner reportedly left the farm in August amid a nasty divorce with his wife.

Because the pigs were trapped inside the barn, passers-by didn't notice. "These animals were fully at people's mercy," said the president of a farm-animal rescue group. The employee of another shelter who found them adds: "I want to see justice for what happened in that building. I and the ASPCA had our hands on those animals. It's personal." (More pigs stories.)

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