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Video: Little piggies need a home
Published 11/02/13



TWO pigs which were abandoned in a field in Checkendon are in need of a new home.

Click here to view our video of the pigs

The animals were left along with several micro-pigs which have since disappeared. The owner cannot be traced as neither pig has a herd mark.

They are thought to be kunekune pigs, the smallest domesticated breed of pig and suitable as a pet due to its friendly nature and love of human company.

The owner is thought to have dumped them after they grew to their full size.

Animal health experts at Oxfordshire County Council are trying to find a new home for the pair, which have been nicknamed the “Checkendon chums”.


A council spokesman said: “With the assistance of the local community, we have been trying to find a suitable home for the pigs. However, due to the control requirements that are in place to protect the health of pig herds, this is not a straightforward exercise.”

Some neighbours have complained to Checkendon Parish Council about the pigs as they have wandered into people’s gardens, causing damage, and have had to be lured back to the field with the contents of recycling bins.

Lynne Thoms and Jenny Campbell, whose homes overlook the field, have been feeding the pigs and would like them to be adopted as a pair.

Mrs Thoms said: “We have fed them all through the winter, through the snow, and we have formed an attachment to them so we want to see them live.

“They are very sweet and inquisitive — they go everywhere together. They’ve got this little nest of straw and they sleep together, head to toe. We want to find someone who will take these refugees from the sausage factory.”

Mrs Campbell realised the pigs were in the field when the horses that usually use it started to make a lot of noise. The horses have since been moved.

She said: “I’ve never been involved with pigs before so I didn’t know what to expect but they are little characters. I just wish I had the room to keep them myself. They are such nice pets for somebody who has got the room. At least they don’t know what their fates might be.”

But fellow neighbour Dick Sadler says the pigs should be moved somewhere else before they cause an accident.

He said: “I am not bothered whether they are put in a sanctuary for the rest of their natural lives or if they go in my bacon sandwich, quite frankly. What I don’t want them to do is cause an injury to somebody. There are big gaps in the hedge so the animals can get out without a problem. They are often in the road. Cars come past and the pigs are drinking from the puddles at the roadside. No effort has been made to try to contain them.”

Doug Griggs, chairman of the parish council, said: “They get out on to the road and we are worried there might be an accident. They also get into people’s gardens from time to time and do a bit of damage. We just want to see them gone so life can get back to normal.”

Parish clerk Claire Dunk said she has received several complaints about the pigs, adding: “Obviously people get a little upset when they go for a little wander.”

The owner of the field did not want to comment.

Published 11/02/13

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