Joseph's Legacy rescue, Butler Co. deputy save possibly abused pet pig

BUTLER COUNTY, OH (FOX19) - A local animal rescue organization and a Butler County Sheriff's Deputy worked together to save a pet pig that may have been abandoned and abused.

Meg Malampy, the president of Joseph's Legacy, said that the deputy found the pig, now named "Petunia," in bad shape at a park in Madison Township over the weekend.

"He told me she was laying there, and she was on her back, and she was just in a pool of blood," Malampy said.

The deputy saved the pig and called Joseph's Legacy for help. The rescue jumped in right away and took Petunia to a local vet where Malampy said they learned that she has a gash on her stomach, scratches near her ears, an injury on her hind end and a hurt leg.

"She has been through so much. She is traumatized for sure," Malampy said.

Medical professionals do not know exactly what caused all of Petunia's pain. They said that she could have been attacked by another animal, but Malampy believes Petunia's injuries and behavior indicate that cruel humans likely abused her.

"She's very fearful of us," Malampy said. "If I make any sudden movements, she makes some funny noises."

Malampy said that they suspect Petunia was probably someone's pet at one time. They believe she was rehomed repeatedly until eventually she was abandoned or dumped and left to fend for herself at the park.

Joseph's Legacy wants this case to serve as a lesson: Malampy said that if you can't properly care for a pet, you shouldn't get one.

Currently, Petunia is in Malampy's care in Trenton. She is getting treatment for her wounds that are both physical and mental.

"This is my favorite kind of case - the case where they're afraid of people, and they have to learn to trust us. I love it," Malampy said. "She's going to be happy the rest of her life. I promise. I just think that's worth it."

Joseph's Legacy is accepting donations to cover the cost of caring for the animals they take in, like Petunia. If you would like to help by volunteering or donating, visit the rescue's website for more information.

Malampy told FOX19 NOW that Petunia has been adopted and is moving into a permanent home this weekend.

Anyone who knows anything about what happened to Petunia is asked to call them and report it.

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