Dead hogs on Kings County property spark animal welfare investigation

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Dead hogs on Kings County property spark animal welfare investigation

The discovery of dead livestock on a rural property near Morell, P.E.I., has sparked an investigation under P.E.I.'s Animal Welfare Act.

The remains of two dead hogs were still on the property Friday, in the community of Byrnes Road.

One local resident wondered if the animals were neglected over the winter.

She said the owner of the property moved to Charlottetown last fall.

'It's horribly wrong'

"A pig was left to die and freeze? No, that's not right. There's something wrong with that," said Cindy Byrne.

Byrne went on the property with the owners permission, and took photos. They reveal the head of one pig lying in the yard. Inside a building is the carcass of another.

"It's horribly wrong. Something should be done," said Byrne.

The P.E.I. Department of Agriculture and Fisheries confirmed it has launched an investigation under the Animal Welfare Act.

Owner says he sold both hogs

CBC News contacted the land owner Friday.

The elderly man said he moved to Charlottetown to better look after his wife who has disabilities.

The man said he sold the hogs to two men. He says one man slaughtered a hog and left the head. He said the other man apparently never came for the other animal.

Agriculture officials say the investigation is continuing.

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