Mobile butchers mistakenly kill family’s pet pigs in Washington state | Washington state

Family in Washington State says a mobile butcher mistakenly slaughtered their pet pigs recently after showing up at the wrong address.

Security camera footage shows an unknown truck pulling up to the family’s home when they weren’t there on May 1. One of the family’s farm workers, sent to check on their home, told them that someone had shot the pigs.

“Both Patty and Betty were lying in a big pool of blood and a mess, and one of them was shackled,” the pigs’ owner, Nathan Gray, told a local news station KIRO 7.

Gray and his wife Natalie adopted the pigs in 2022 to join their other pets, including cats, dogs, ducks and a chicken.

“They were charming. They were so cute. They were the size of a small puppy,” Natalie Gray told a local news station. “We haven’t had them before. Since they don’t eat meat, I heard they were just like dogs and super fun, and I wanted my girls to have pigs.

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The Grays said they reported the murders to the local sheriff. This is what a lawyer for the family said BBC that “the law treats Betty and Patty differently than if they were golden retrievers or Norwegian forest cats,” and it is a serious offense to intentionally injure an animal without lawful justification.

Some butcher companies offer mobile slaughter services for farmers who don’t want to haul their animals to a larger facility.

Nathan Gray said the mobile butcher told him the GPS navigator used by the company had “screwed up”. He also asked him if he wanted the pigs processed.

“They will be buried on this property, like the rest of our animals,” Gray told the BBC.

He said the butcher told him officers were told to go to an unoccupied house.

“It seems to be the protocol for things like this,” he told KIRO 7, adding that the pigs were shot near their neighbors’ fence, potentially endangering other animals nearby.

Gray advocates for more safety protocols for mobile butchers, saying if they bring firearms onto someone’s property, the person should be at home.

“There needs to be better protection for people like me and my family,” Natalie Gray said. “To prevent this from happening again. Someone must be home. There should be boxes checked instead of them coming to your house and killing[ing] an animal without someone there.

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