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Dozens Of Pigs Abandoned By Happy Hooves Pig Rescue in Greenville Co.

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Greenville Co. Animal Control rounded up dozens of rescued pigs left behind by Happy Hooves Pig Rescue. They corralled the 42 pigs at a house in Greenville County near Pelzer on Preston Road. Greenville Co. Animal Control rounded up dozens of rescued pigs left behind by Happy Hooves Pig Rescue. They corralled the 42 pigs at a house in Greenville County near Pelzer on Preston Road.
GREENVILLE COUNTY, S.C. - Greenville County Animal Control rounded up dozens of rescued pigs left behind by Happy Hooves Pig Rescue on Monday.

They corralled the 42 pigs at a house in South Greenville County near Pelzer on Preston Road.

Court records show Jennifer and Jeremiah James, who ran Happy Hooves Pig Rescue, are getting evicted.

The people who manage the property say the James family left the house behind, abandoning the pigs with no food or water.

Rounding up more than 40 pigs is no easy feat.

Animal control teamed up with volunteers to entice the pigs into trailers with food and tranquilizers to take the edge off for the bigger pigs that tend to charge.

“Disgusting. Nasty. It's just a bunch of mess,” said Gerald Robinson, who works with the property manager.

He said he’s never seen anything like this.

“Out of 10 years of doing houses, never ever,” said Robinson.

Robinson said Jennifer and Jeremiah James were six months behind on their rent -- that’s more than $4,000.

They ran Happy Hooves Pig Rescue out of their backyard. It’s registered as a charity with the South Carolina Secretary of State. They fundraised this summer to care for the pigs.

“It's a good feeling that we can give them someplace safe to live their lives out where they're not in danger,” said Jennifer James in May 2013.

7 On Your Side asked the Secretary of State’s Office how it keeps tabs on charities. A spokesperson said they cannot investigate each charity to determine if they’re legitimate.

They rely on the public to tip them off if they think anything suspicious is going on.

Robinson said he just hopes the pigs find a better life.

“I hope they find a better home for them and get them feeling better and looking better,” said Robinson.

In a written statement, Jennifer James said, "The only comment I can make is that we did not abandoned [sic] the pigs. We put everything into those animals. We fell on hard times but had a plan in place when we left and I had signed over the pigs to my friend who has been there everyday feeding and caring for them along with vet techs."

Volunteers helping to load the pigs on Monday said they had been feeding the animals since they found out the James family left. They did not say James asked them to take care of the pigs for her.

For now, animal control is taking the pigs to a temporary facility. They’ll evaluate whether the pigs will go to a farm, another rescue group or to auction.
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