On Friday the 23rd of September, Pearcedale RSPCA requested that Edgar’s Mission provide care and rehabilitation for five young and sickly piglets that had been handed in to the RSCPA by a member of the public, who advised they found them abandoned. The RSPCA released the piglets to Edgar’s Mission due to their young age and health needs, as we are well known for our knowledge and expertise in pigs.
We assessed the piglets to be in a poor and unhygienic condition, in our minds consistent with the story that they had been abandoned, and one piglet was taken directly to a local vet to receive ongoing medical treatment while in our care. He arrived sick and lethargic and was most likely to have been showing signs of illness for some time – he was very underweight, had diarrhea and a gut infection. He was put on a course of medication. Of the rest of the piglets, three were thin and underweight, with ribs, spine and hips protruding, and had untreated wounds. All the piglets had lice. Thankfully they bounced back after a few days of treatment and nourishment. Continue reading