50 abandonded pigs rescued in Stallion Springs

Posted at 10:25 PM, May 12, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-13 02:43:46-04

Several calls to the Stallion Springs Police Department lead to the discovery of more than 50 abandoned animals found in the backyard of a home on the 2700 block of Buckpasser drive in Stallion Springs.

The investigation started on Monday when Kern County Animal Services found the animals without food or water. Thirty-six pigs were taken on Monday and the other 19 were captured today. The owner of the animals has not been located.

Police were alerted to the animals after several neighbors called to complain about the smell and condition of the pigs.

The neighbors, afraid to speak on camera out of fear of a lawsuit from the owner, told 23 ABC that the home is now owned by the bank and that the former owner was a problem in the neighborhood for more than 18 years. They said she claimed she was running a pig rescue but that the pigs were not cared for and sometimes even mated with wild boars.

Many of the pigs required medical attention due to malnutrition and being extremely underweight. The home was retagged by code compliance.

Some pigs are still being treated by animal services but so far, the owner hasn't shown up to claim them.