WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - After taking in hundreds of birds and pigs from three Loxahatchee farms that were raided last week, Palm Beach County Animal Care and Control is expecting more.
According to operations manager, Dave Walesky, three of the pigs are pregnant.
The shelter has brought in prison inmates to help build new pens for the pigs.
The animals will be sheltered by gender, and the pregnant ones will be kept on their own to get ready for birth.
"What we're doing is setting up housing for them so that we can isolate them from the rest of them and allow them to have their babies and be safe," Walesky says.
The gender separation is being done to prevent fights, he says.
"We're separating them out to help with all the drama and other things going on," he says.
The pigs that are pregnant weight at least three hundred pounds, Walesky says.
Each one can carry at least eight to ten babies.
Once they're born, staff will pay close attention to the moms and their piglets.
"The moms are known for rolling over and crushing the babies. So we're going to have to watch that, and set them up in a way that would minimize that," Dave says.
Since the shelter took in the animals last Tuesday, at least thirty pigs have had to be put down due to illness.
At least a dozen birds died from illness, as well.
The shelter is need of help in the form of donations. (See donation list here).
Dave says everything from pig feed to materials to create shade are needed.
If you would like to help Palm Beach County Animal Care and Control , please call 561-233-1222.