Pigs attacked and hurt by thugs who ripped down their enclosure and left one bleeding

PUBLISHED: 16:21 05 August 2013 | UPDATED: 16:21 05 August 2013

A pig (not involved in the attack)

A pig (not involved in the attack)


CHAOS erupted after pigs were freed by trespassers and one was injured after a rake and spade were hurled into their pen.

Police are appealing for witnesses and information following a break in at Leach Fields, on Bluebridge Road, Brookmans Park, where rescued pigs, horses and goats were kept.

The attack took place between 6.30pm on Friday and 7.45am on Saturday, when thugs broke into one of the pig pens and pulled down the whole fencing which released the pigs inside.

The confused animals rushed into another pen and started to fight.

Two of the pigs also ran into woods to be retrieved hours later by the owners.

Before fleeing the yobs threw a rake and a spade into the pen which hit one of the pigs, causing lacerations down its back.

Residents reacted with horror at the attack on the pig.

On Saturday one said: “I understand that last night someone broke down the fence to the pig enclosure at the south end of Leach Fields and then attacked the pigs.

“Leaving at least one seriously injured.

“What sort of excuses for humanity live around here?”

And another branded the intruders’ actions “disgusting”.

Somebody must know who did this. If so, please report it to our local PCSO.

Investigating officer Pc Simon Tibbert, from the rural operational support team (ROST), said: “Those responsible for this break in not only caused considerable damage to the fencing, but the pigs also were very distressed.

“Thankfully the injured pig was not seriously injured.

“I am appealing for anyone who was in the area at the time and saw anything suspicious to please get in contact as soon as possible.”

• Anyone with information should call police on the non-emergency number 101 citing crime reference number B2/13/2405.

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