Patsy & Judy
Judy & Patsy’s Story
Photos by Robin Henderson.
May 2007: Hungry, scared, motherless and living in deplorable conditions, Patsy & Judy along with 4 other siblings were found on a vacant lot in a tiny make-shift pen with no shelter … until the good people at Prince George’s Animal Management in Maryland intervened.
Going on a tip from a concerned neighbor that horses were being neglected on the property, the officers investigated and discovered the piglets, along with two very frightened horses who were entangled in their tethers in the woods on the property. All of the animals were emaciated, with no food or water anywhere in sight. They were seized and held for short period until placement could be arranged.
No one has yet to come forward to claim them — the authorities feel confident they know who is responsible but have no hard evidence to link him to the crime. In 2004 the suspect was convicted of 57 counts of animal cruelty when many farm animals were discovered sickly and living in filth on his property. He was fined $7,700, which was never paid, and so now he attempts to elude the authorities by putting his animals on vacant properties–susceptible to exposure and predators.
The Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary was able to take in two of these babies, and their siblings — Emily, Farley, Dennis and Ogar — are at Farm Sanctuary in Watkins Glen, NY.
They’re all so fortunate to have been rescued from their terrible fate — but without farm animal sanctuaries, these guys would have no place to go. In these cases it is not uncommon that the animals are euthanized after being seized because dog & cat shelters do not have the facilities to take in farm animals. That’s where organizations like ours come in and it is your support that makes our ability to help these animals possible.
Sanctuary Director Jenny Brown decided to name them Patsy Ruth & Judy Lynn after her mom and grandmom, both of whom reacted well to the news.
When Judy and Patsy first got to the farm, they were really high-spirited piglets, into everything and also into challenging each and every one of the older pigs. Judy has settled down some as she’s gotten older, but she still knows what she wants. If another pig is laying in the straw she deems as hers, she’ll put her snout right by their face and scream. She just knows what she wants.
And she always wants a belly rub. That’s a given. Scratch her belly when she’s standing and in a few seconds, she flops over on her side, her legs straight out in front of her so you can rub her expansive, pink belly. Sometimes, after a good belly rub, she will lay there, transfixed. Sometimes, she’ll suddenly sit up and look at you—“now give me a treat in exchange for the joy you have known in rubbing my belly.” And you have to agree, but you know that if you give Judy a treat, Patsy will get mad, Sophie and Stubby will sit up and grunt, Cromwell will wake from his dreams and chaos will ensue (piglets or grown pigs, some things never change).