Friday, December 31, 2010

'Micro' pig that wasn't the squeal deal: Shelter condemns woman for dumping unwanted animal... after she realised how big it would grow


Macro pig: This animal was dumped at a shelter after its owner realised it was going to grow much bigger

With a happy and inquisitive nature and an endearing need for companionship, Hilda seemed like the perfect pet.

What’s more, the micro pig would be easy to care for because they grow no bigger than a small spaniel.

But this pig’s tale took an unfortunate twist after her owner realised she was a normal pig which would soon become too big to look after.

On top of that, the ten-week-old was so desperate to socialise with other pigs that she started squealing loudly, annoying the neighbours. As a result, she was left with an animal shelter on Christmas Eve.

Hilda is one of hundreds of animals that have been left with Wood Green Animal Shelters in recent weeks as people struggle to look after their pets in the economic downturn.

The charity’s three centres, at Wood Green, North London, and Heydon and Godmanchester in Cambridgeshire, have seen an 11 per cent increase in arrivals in four months compared to the same time last year.

Wanted: Hilda with Michelle Kelly who works on the field section at Wood Green Animal shelter

Hilda, who belonged to a woman in Newmarket, Cambridgeshire, was handed in to the Godmanchester site. Linda Cantle, deputy head of animal welfare, said: ‘The woman absolutely adored her. But pigs need companionship and Hilda had become quite vocal.

‘The neighbours were angry and her owner had no choice but to give her up. She was also a bit misguided. She thought it was a micro pig and it almost certainly isn’t.’

Last month the Daily Mail told how Melissa White, 22, bought a micro pig who at first fitted in her hand. He had since grown into a 10st, 2ft tall beast and had caused thousands of pounds of damage at her home in St Albans, Hertfordshire.

In the last four months Wood Green Animal Shelters have taken in 3,196 animals, including dogs, cats and rabbits.

source: dailymail

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