Peppa Pig - pet pigs found dumped in Alpraham

Two cute pet pigs who wag their tails when happy, have been found dumped at the side of the busy A51 in Alpraham near Nantwich.

The RSPCA is now appealing for help to trace those who ditched the pigs they have named Peppa and George.

The animals were found running loose on the A51 Chester Road in Alpraham on Saturday (January 12) by a member of the public.

They managed to coax the pigs into the safety of a nearby barn and alerted the RSPCA.

Inspector Leanne Cragg was sent to the scene said she believes the pigs, possibly of the kunekune variety, were probably pets who were deliberately abandoned.

Enquiries were made at local farms, appeals were put out on social media and a poster was placed on the “Pets Located” website to try and trace the owners if the pigs were lost but nobody has come forward.

Inspector Cragg said: “If these pigs were lost I believe the owner would have come forward by now.

“It is so sad that they were left at risk by a busy road which could have also been dangerous to road users.

“They have now been moved to a safe location where they have been named Peppa and George – after the popular children’s cartoon characters – and are doing well.

“On my second day of attending these two lovely pigs they recognised me immediately and started wagging their tails like two little dogs. The pigs are healthy and both timid but friendly.

“We don’t regularly deal with abandoned pigs but I do wonder if someone had taken these two on without realising how big they would get.

“Pigs aren’t particularly easily animals to care for. They need enough space to exhibit their natural behaviour such as digging and rooting.

“You also need to be registered with the local authority to keep pigs and they need identification when being moved.

“I am appealing for anyone who recognises who the pigs belonged to contact the RSPCA appeals line on 0300 123 8018.”

Peppa and George

Peppa and George now in care of RSPCA

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