Thursday, September 24, 2015
Sorrow at the Sanctuary
For those not already following on Facebook, the new animal sanctuary near me is currently grieving and on lockdown after the sudden deaths of eight potbellied pigs over the past 72 hours. There were no symptoms, no indicator anything was wrong - they were mostly found snuggled in their hay in their cosy shelters as if they were sleeping.
Sudden deaths like this could be caused by numerous factors, and believe me when I say that Lucie and those closest to her have considered absolutely everything and have been over every square inch of the property.
The Animal Health Centre in Abbotsford, the government agricultural lab for BC, is currently analyzing tissue samples from the first three, plus doing full autopsies of two pigs who died in the early hours this morning and who I transported over there today. We hope to have some preliminary results soon, though the full report will take a week to ten days.
As the sanctuary must decline all donations of food until this is resolved, and has had the added horrendous cost of multiple emergency vet visits, autopsies, etc., any financial donation you can make would be most welcome. You'll find their donation link on their website here .
Run free, Timothy, Zoe, Webster, Bella, Dolly, Guinness, Josie and Buster. I wish we'd had more time to get to know each other.