RSPCA prosecute Hailsham woman who starved two pigs to death

One of the dead pigs

One of the dead pigs

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A WOMAN has been banned from keeping animals for five years after her two pigs starved to death.

Nicola Patten, 49, left the pot-bellied pigs in “appalling conditions” without shelter, bedding or food nearby, the RSPCA said.

RSPCA inspector Andrew Kirby described the case as “heartbreaking” which led to “serious neglect and much suffering for these poor animals”.

A member of the public called in the animal welfare inspectors after being concerned about the condition of the animals next to the previous home of Pattern, currently of Court Lodge Close, Hailsham.

One pig was already dead by the time inspectors had arrived in Western Road, also in Hailsham, while the other had collapsed, an RSCPA spokesman said.

She added: “There was no shelter, bedding, food or water nearby. Both animals were taken to a vet who described them both as emaciated, and advised the second be put to sleep to end his suffering. Post mortems of the bodies found there was no food in the pigs’ stomachs at all.”

The RSPCA prosecuted Patten, who was found guilty in her absence in June of causing unnecessary suffering to two male pot-bellied pigs by failing to investigate their underweight conditions and provide them with a suitable environment.

Sentencing on Wednesday, Hastings magistrates ordered her to do 160 hours’ of unpaid work, pay £250 costs, and abide by a 12-month supervision order.

Mr Kirby added: “It was as if these pigs were just completely forgotten about and left to starve to death in a cold alleyway without any of the comforts they needed to survive.

“They were in appalling condition when we found them, and must have been suffering for a prolonged length of time.”

The RSPCA said pigs are highly intelligent, social animals who prefer to be in the company of other pigs.

A spokesman added: “They need to be given the right care and not kept inside a person’s house and also need to be treated by a vet who is knowledgeable about the breed.

“They need plenty of space outside and things to occupy them as well as a suitable shelter.”

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6:35am Sat 30 Aug 14

Goldenwight says...

I can never understand people who do things like this- if you don't love animals, why keep them in the first place?
I can never understand people who do things like this- if you don't love animals, why keep them in the first place? Goldenwight
  • Score: 40

8:24am Sat 30 Aug 14

hoveguyactually says...

"A WOMAN has been banned from keeping animals for five years after her two pigs starved to death."

What kind of punishment is that? She should be jailed for five years and then forbidden to keep animals for the rest of her life.

Which is the real pig here?
"A WOMAN has been banned from keeping animals for five years after her two pigs starved to death." What kind of punishment is that? She should be jailed for five years and then forbidden to keep animals for the rest of her life. Which is the real pig here? hoveguyactually
  • Score: 55

9:10am Sat 30 Aug 14

Valentinian says...

hoveguyactually wrote:
"A WOMAN has been banned from keeping animals for five years after her two pigs starved to death."

What kind of punishment is that? She should be jailed for five years and then forbidden to keep animals for the rest of her life.

Which is the real pig here?
The 'real one' starved to death. The metaphorical one was banned from keeping animals.....hope that helps x
[quote][p][bold]hoveguyactually[/bold] wrote: "A WOMAN has been banned from keeping animals for five years after her two pigs starved to death." What kind of punishment is that? She should be jailed for five years and then forbidden to keep animals for the rest of her life. Which is the real pig here?[/p][/quote]The 'real one' starved to death. The metaphorical one was banned from keeping animals.....hope that helps x Valentinian
  • Score: -9

10:14am Sat 30 Aug 14

IratusFurcifer says...

Five years is not enough. A lifetime ban should be put in place.
Five years is not enough. A lifetime ban should be put in place. IratusFurcifer
  • Score: 33

2:07pm Sat 30 Aug 14

ok,jared says...

Valentinian wrote:
hoveguyactually wrote:
"A WOMAN has been banned from keeping animals for five years after her two pigs starved to death."

What kind of punishment is that? She should be jailed for five years and then forbidden to keep animals for the rest of her life.

Which is the real pig here?
The 'real one' starved to death. The metaphorical one was banned from keeping animals.....hope that helps x
lol
[quote][p][bold]Valentinian[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]hoveguyactually[/bold] wrote: "A WOMAN has been banned from keeping animals for five years after her two pigs starved to death." What kind of punishment is that? She should be jailed for five years and then forbidden to keep animals for the rest of her life. Which is the real pig here?[/p][/quote]The 'real one' starved to death. The metaphorical one was banned from keeping animals.....hope that helps x[/p][/quote]lol ok,jared
  • Score: -6

3:01pm Sat 30 Aug 14

Goldenwight says...

Valentinian wrote:
hoveguyactually wrote: "A WOMAN has been banned from keeping animals for five years after her two pigs starved to death." What kind of punishment is that? She should be jailed for five years and then forbidden to keep animals for the rest of her life. Which is the real pig here?
The 'real one' starved to death. The metaphorical one was banned from keeping animals.....hope that helps x
Don't know which idiot logged in 10 times to vote negatively for this post, but I'm pretty sure it was the same person every time- because the 'Argus' doesn't have two readers who are quite that stupid, I am sure.
[quote][p][bold]Valentinian[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]hoveguyactually[/bold] wrote: "A WOMAN has been banned from keeping animals for five years after her two pigs starved to death." What kind of punishment is that? She should be jailed for five years and then forbidden to keep animals for the rest of her life. Which is the real pig here?[/p][/quote]The 'real one' starved to death. The metaphorical one was banned from keeping animals.....hope that helps x[/p][/quote]Don't know which idiot logged in 10 times to vote negatively for this post, but I'm pretty sure it was the same person every time- because the 'Argus' doesn't have two readers who are quite that stupid, I am sure. Goldenwight
  • Score: 2

8:44am Sun 31 Aug 14

Valentinian says...

Goldenwight wrote:
Valentinian wrote:
hoveguyactually wrote: "A WOMAN has been banned from keeping animals for five years after her two pigs starved to death." What kind of punishment is that? She should be jailed for five years and then forbidden to keep animals for the rest of her life. Which is the real pig here?
The 'real one' starved to death. The metaphorical one was banned from keeping animals.....hope that helps x
Don't know which idiot logged in 10 times to vote negatively for this post, but I'm pretty sure it was the same person every time- because the 'Argus' doesn't have two readers who are quite that stupid, I am sure.
That will be Ambo Guy....a lifelong dedicated follower and cretin. Xxx
[quote][p][bold]Goldenwight[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Valentinian[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]hoveguyactually[/bold] wrote: "A WOMAN has been banned from keeping animals for five years after her two pigs starved to death." What kind of punishment is that? She should be jailed for five years and then forbidden to keep animals for the rest of her life. Which is the real pig here?[/p][/quote]The 'real one' starved to death. The metaphorical one was banned from keeping animals.....hope that helps x[/p][/quote]Don't know which idiot logged in 10 times to vote negatively for this post, but I'm pretty sure it was the same person every time- because the 'Argus' doesn't have two readers who are quite that stupid, I am sure.[/p][/quote]That will be Ambo Guy....a lifelong dedicated follower and cretin. Xxx Valentinian
  • Score: 0

11:28am Sun 31 Aug 14

robinxx says...

Ridiculous sentence. This is pigslaughter and deserves a mandatory jail sentence. She should be banned from keeping animals for life. I do not know what good the supervision order is supposed to do. She needs a taste of her own medicine - locked up with no food or water. Do unto others as you would have done to yourself. Evil woman.
Ridiculous sentence. This is pigslaughter and deserves a mandatory jail sentence. She should be banned from keeping animals for life. I do not know what good the supervision order is supposed to do. She needs a taste of her own medicine - locked up with no food or water. Do unto others as you would have done to yourself. Evil woman. robinxx
  • Score: 3
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