Animal lovers are outraged after learning a beloved pig that was nursed back to health and later adopted in Canada was killed and eaten by its new owners.
Molly was one of 57 Pot-bellied pigs rescued from a hoarding situation in Duncan, British Columbia, last May by a local branch of the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA).
The Vietnamese pig, according to CBC News, found its forever home in January, but just weeks later, was eaten by its new owners – a Vancouver Island couple — after the family reportedly encountered problems training the pig.
Molly’s initial rescuers told CBC that the first thing they felt was “shock” and “heartbreak.”
“All the animals that come through our care or branches we get attached to," Leon Davis, of British Columbia’s SPCA, said. "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, which wrote on Facebook it was also involved in Molly’s rescue, said their rescuers feel “absolutely gutted and truly beyond devastated.”
The sanctuary added, “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.”
The long-time manager of the Cowichan & District branch of the Canadian province's SPCA, where Molly was adopted, told the Cowichan Valley Citizen the situation is “a nightmare.”
“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,” Sandi Trent said. “We also have long conversations with the people looking to adopt animals to make sure the animal is right for them.”
An SPCA official told the Cowichan newspaper that since animals in Canada are considered property, the SPCA loses its legal rights to animals once they’re adopted out.
Furthermore, British Columbia SPCA’s Davis told CBC that animal cruelty laws in Canada only apply when an animal suffers. He said the organization would’ve taken Molly back if the owners said they were having issues with her.
Molly’s adopter has since been blacklisted from the SPCA’s database and won’t be allowed to adopt through the group again, according to reports.