TIVERTON, R.I. (WPRI) — Two pigs removed from a Scituate farm have now arrived at a new home, an animal sanctuary in Tiverton, after an investigation revealed alleged mistreatment of the animals.
The Rhode Island Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RISPCA) took custody of the pigs — dubbed Jack and Diane — from the former owner of Bonniedale Farm in Scituate, Daniel McKenzie. He pleaded not guilty to four animal abuse charges earlier this month.
After a complaint and investigation, the RISPCA found the pigs didn’t have protection from the cold and had been without food and water for more than a day, the RISPCA’s Joe Warzycha said. The sanctuary, with its large farm size, will offer a lot more comfort for the animals.
Wendy Taylor, the executive director of West Place Animal Sanctuary, said they take farm animals in from abuse, neglect or abandonment frequently. In about a year, they take in 250 wildlife, including a hundred dogs. The pigs are being quarantined briefly to make sure they test negative for diseases, and may be allowed to roam the property later.
On a personal note, Warzycha added that he will be assuming the title of president of the RISPCA this coming Monday as current president, Dr. E.J. Finnocchio, retires.