Beheaded, bound pot-bellied pig discovered inside dog crate in Northeast, PSPCA says

Justin Udo
January 07, 2019 - 2:28 pm

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — The Pennsylvania SPCA is asking for the public's help after a pot-bellied pig was found bound and beheaded in Northeast Philadelphia.

After receiving a tip from the Philadelphia Police Department, the PSPCA's Humane Law Enforcement team found the body of the pig Monday inside of a dog crate by Pennypack Park. 

Pot-bellied pigs are rare within the city's limits, according to the PSPCA. The organization is hoping someone will come forward with information as to what happened to the pig or who committed the "act of cruelty."

Nicole Wilson with the PSPCA says this is unlike anything she's seen during her 15 years on the job.

"Pigs are viewed in many areas as "unclean animals" and so they are not traditionally used in the practice of Satanic rituals or culture. This does not seem consistent with any of the numerous cases that we've investigated related to religious sacrifice," she said. 

Wilson says they are asking for the public's help as they try to find out who is responsible for the pig ending up the way that it did.

"Assuming that the pig was still alive when it was bound and killed, they would be facing felony animal cruelty charges," she added.  

Anyone with information is asked to call the PSPCA's Cruelty Hotline at 866-601-7722. 

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KYW Newsradio's Justin Udo contributed to this report.