FALMOUTH, KY (FOX19) - Local and national rescue organizations are currently looking for new homes for more than 400 pigs.
Atti's Acres, a sanctuary and rescue for pot bellied pigs, says the state has taken possession of at least 458 pigs from a hoarding case in Falmouth - but crews believe the number is reaching closer to 600.
The charity group says many of the pigs are malnourished, pregnant, and in distress. They're asking for volunteers to help save the pigs, who are pets.
"We have never seen a hoarding case of this magnitude," says Josh Carpenter Costner, Director at Cotton Branch Farm Animal Sanctuary in South Carolina. They are working with other rescuers to save the pigs.
The charity says there is currently a September 14 deadline for vetting, spaying, neutering, and transporting pigs to approved homes.
"It's a lot of work. Before they can be moved, the state requires they have health checks, micro-chipped, etc. A lot of that is what we're doing this week," Costner said.
Crews learned about the situation early last month.
"When I first arrived at the location of these pigs, I couldn't believe what I was seeing. I had never seen anything like this before." Jodi Vigar Dawson of Atti's Acres. He says he was the first rescuer on the scene.
Officials said the couple who lives on the property has been warned by the state multiple times.
The woman, they said, told them she adopted 15 pigs a few years ago. Workers said those pigs weren't spayed or neutered..
"Just a huge amount of pigs here maybe 4 to 8-months-old who are pregnant. We have pigs here that have been giving birth repetitively for the past three years," Costner said.
Rescuers say the cost to care for the pot bellied pigs is nearing $40,000. If you'd like to help, head to PigAdvocates.com.