Pet pig adopted from Craigslist and then tortured

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Someone re-homed their pet pig on Craigslist and the animal wound up with a Georgia woman who wanted the pig slaughtered for food. According to Friday’s publication of the Miami Herald, the pig did not die quickly…but was instead, tortured by the people who were asked to put her down.

The disturbing scene played out on Wednesday afternoon in a Bibb County, Georgia neighborhood. The pig’s new owner, Gertha Atis, allegedly asked 62-year-old Freddie Phelps Sr. to kill the pig, but he failed to accomplish the task quickly, or humanely.

Brian Walls, who was in the area working on a home, described what he saw to the Miami Herald:

“It was one of the most disgusting things I’ve ever witnessed before. It was a horrible thing that happened.” Walls saw the pig get shot, but the animal did not die. The torture continued, “They were beating the pig, hitting it in the face and it was squealing. They weren’t hitting it hard enough to kill it. They were mainly just torturing the thing, and the thing had to be in horrible pain.”

The pig was not only shot and beat, but also, struck in the back with a pickaxe – by the time that the authorities arrived, the pig had been grievously wounded for quite some time. At the request of Macon-Bibb Animal Welfare Director Adams, a sheriff’s deputy shot and killed the wounded pig to end its suffering.

According to the Bibb County Sheriff’s Office, Phelps was placed under arrest and charged with aggravated cruelty to animals. He was transported to the Bibb County Law Enforcement Center where he remains until bond is set by a judge. The pig was taken to Animal Welfare to have a necropsy performed.
This incident continues to be under investigation. Anyone with information in reference to this incident is urged to contact the Bibb County Sheriff’s Office at 478-751 -7500.
(screenshot via Miami Herald)

  1. Lisa Scharin
    Lisa Scharin says:

    DEAR GOD!!!! The abuses just DON’T END!!!! It is TIME to STOP destroying life and our planet!! This POOR pig! Felony charges are needed for ANYONE who abuses animals-PERIOD! There are TOO many incidents of people torturing and killing animals! It is VERY well documented that people who abuse animals go on to abuse wives, children and kill. Serial killers the likes of Jeffrey Dahmer, Ted Bundy, David Berkowitz, Tony DeSalvo-ALL serial killers-ALL abused animals! Doesn’t matter your “justification”, These people were NOT starving-I am quite sure of that-they probably could have skipped a meal or two and certainly didn’t need to kill this pig-that the formal GUARDIAN entrusted to this creep to CARE for and LOVE as a PET!!! GO VEGAN!!! It is FAR healthier, MORE HUMANE, SUSTAINABLE, better for the environment and certainly for the ANIMALS!!! ALL LIVES MATTER!!!!
    I hope Gertha is also charged-since she was the one that decided to do this to this poor pig!!! SICK-there is something VERY wrong with anyone who can take another life!!! Pigs are very intelligent, gentle animals! They are smarter than dogs and can even play video games-makes NO sense to love one and eat the other!!!! EVOLVE!!! GO VEGAN!!!

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  2. maxiemom
    maxiemom says:

    OMG, DIDN’T THE STUPID C**T WHO OWNED THE PIG EVEN BOTHER TO FIND OUT WHAT THE PIECE OF TRASH INBRED REDNECK SCUM WANTED TO DO TO THE PIG????

    OH, WAIT, THAT EXCREMENT USED CRAIGSLIST, THE ANIMAL ABUSER’S FRIEND, SO OF COURSE NOT!!!!!!!

    It’s past time someone put an end to that site once and for all! I am sick to death of stories like this, and even sicker of walking trash piles of human waste who don’t give a damn about their pets who use the site to dispose of their pets only to have something like this happen. That pig was raised as a PET, NOT FOOD!!! This is akin to slaughtering someone’s dog, not a farm animals, and the piece of trash who decided to do this needs to be put behind bars along with those torturers and given some of her own medicine. This is why I truly hate people so much of the time.

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  3. Maureen Oleary
    Maureen Oleary says:

    The pet pig, was gotten of CRAIGSLIST. I guess they they thought it would be a pet. It turned out, they wanted it for food. The womentire hired someone to kill the pig,, he tried to kill the pig, but it turned out to be a horrible, cruel death. The neighborder next door said the pig was crying and they continued to try and kill him.the pig Wasser in bad pain and officer showed up and put the poor baby out of his cruelty.. the officer arrested .people invoved they will be charged. For all the time that they took to kill that poor pet, the vet said he was tortused for hours. These people should be tortured like they did.NEVER SELL ANYTHING OF CRAIGSLIST OR ANY SITE.

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  4. VIRGINIA GREEN
    VIRGINIA GREEN says:

    DO IT TO HIM.JAIL HIM FOR ABUSE AND ATTEMPT TO KILL A 4 LEGGED KID WEAR PIGSKIN.THE PIG WAS LOVED BEFORE THE OTHER OWNER GAVE TO THE WRONG PERSON.

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  5. Mongoose218
    Mongoose218 says:

    HOW is it possible that the public at large has not yet “caught on” to what re-homing an animal on Craigslist or similar “free” sites, or simply putting up a sign saying “free to a good home” can lead to???

    CLEARLY there needs to be an educational campaign of some sort to educate the public……since clearly begging Craigslist, etc, to stop these ads has had no effect at all.

    RIP poor pig, and though I understand they make good pets, people should stick to dogs and cats, because once a pig gets too large, as this one clearly did, they HAVE to be re-homed…….

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  6. anne
    anne says:

    i pressed like. meaning thank you for posting .However, the insane corrupt cruelty of this human needs to be addressed. The poor little soul inside the body of a pig was suffering , brutally wounded and dying it is a tragedy that human beings don’t seems to get these are sentient beings who know love and pain just like we do. Craigslist is notorious.May this soul find peace and the woman and man responsible for the sufferings of this little one be held accountable. Bloody disgusting. just for what? the taste of flesh?

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  7. PAT IVEY
    PAT IVEY says:

    THIS JUST MAKES ME SICK. THESE PEOPLE SHOULD BE PROSICUTED TO THE FULLEST EXTENT OF THE LAW AND NEVER BE ALLOWED TO HAVE ANY ANIMAL “EVER”. KNOW WHO YOU GIVE YOUR PETS TO, DON’T JUST CRAIG LIST THEM…..P

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