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MO Humane Society warns of “teacup” pig problem

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Director Amanda Mullen speaks with News 4 about the influx of pigs coming into the shelter ( Credit: KMOV) Director Amanda Mullen speaks with News 4 about the influx of pigs coming into the shelter ( Credit: KMOV)
UNION (KMOV.com) -

The Humane Society of Missouri is asking families to think twice before adding a certain type of pet to their home. It is dealing with an influx of pigs because the animals got bigger than their owners ever imagined.

Horses and farm animals surrendered to the Humane Society are taken care of at Longmeadow Rescue Ranch in Union, MO. Right now, workers there are caring for 31 pigs. The director at Longmeadow, Amanda Mullen, says they are taking in four times as many pigs as they were three years ago, yet the number being adopted out has not kept pace.

"Most of the time, they didn't realize what they were getting into," said Mullen. "They bought a pig as a piglet, maybe four to six weeks old and they thought it was going to remain small."

Mullen says the pigs sold as "miniature" can actually grow to anywhere between 40 and 300 pounds.

"They just aren't the type of animal meant to be that small. It's a misleading advertisement for them," said Mullen.

Yet, more people in Missouri are making a business of selling them. 

"They find it easy to breed pigs. They produce pretty easily and pretty quickly and then people, whether it's 50 dollars or we've heard of piglets purchased for a few thousand dollars." said Mullen.

With its hands full with dozens of pigs, the animal rescue group is warning families to do their research.

"They are great animals to own, you just want to make sure you're prepared for it," said Mullen.

She recommends coming to the ranch to see how big they can get and how they act as adults. The ranch welcomes visitors on Friday and Saturday afternoons.

Right now, Longmeadow is waving the adoption fee for pigs older than a year. Those younger than a year are $75. You can learn more on Longmeadow Rescue Ranch's website.

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