Animal lovers are up-in-arms over the adoption of a pot belly pig that ended in a pork meal.
CBC News reports that a local British Columbia Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals branch adopted out 3-year-old pig Molly to a Vancouver island couple in January, thinking they were going to keep the animal as a pet for the remainder of its life.
Just weeks later, however, the BC SPCA reported feelings of shock and heartbreak after finding out that the animal had been slaughtered and eaten by her adopters, according to local law enforcement.
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GUANGZHOU, CHINA - JULY 29: (CHINA OUT) A woman feeds a 100-kilogram pet pig on July 29, 2015 in Guangzhou, China. Miss Zhou bought a pet pig which was sold as a black small-eared pig by a pet store worker in June last year. However, the pig grew to 100-kilogram and was confirmed to be an ordinary pig a year later in July 2015 in Guangzhou. (Photo by ChinaFotoPress/ChinaFotoPress via Getty Images)
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HESSE, GERMANY - APRIL: Orphaned piglet Wilma in April, 2015, in Dillenburg, Hesse, Germany. Orphaned wild boar piglets stalk a cat, play with a dog, snuffle at a horse and chase chickens in adorable photographs. Napping on a pillow, strutting in a blue pullover or cuddling with their human parents - these little piggies are living the life of riley.But young boars Wilma and Elsa were lost in the wild and facing death from hypothermia before being adopted by Werner and Angelika SchmÃ¤ing from Oberscheld, Germany. The familys bengal cat Leopold, and collie dog Ziva have become best friends with both piglets - who also play with the couples two Frisian horses.PHOTOGRAPH BY Animal Press / Barcroft Media (Photo credit should read Animal Press / Barcroft Media via Getty Images)
A pair of miniature pigs at Pennywell Farm in Devon, taken on April 8, 2014. (Photo by Hollie Latham/PhotoPlus Magazine via Getty Images)
CAMBRIDGESHIRE, UNITED KINGDOM - DECEMBER 17: *** EXCLUSIVE ** Micro pig Lady Gaga sits in a stocking on December 17, 2010 in Cambridgeshire, England. Miniature pigs have become the must have present for Christmas - with children across the country putting the tiny animals on their wish lists. And as tiny six-week old Lady Gaga snuggles up in her Christmas stocking and cuddles her furry pals it's easy to see why the cute little grunters have become so popular. But families are being warned that miniature pigs are for life - not just for Christmas. Micro Pig breeder Jane Croft - who owns Lady Gaga - said: 'A lot of people don't realise that miniature pigs need a lot of care and attention - you can't leave them alone by themselves. We've turned away a lot of last minute requests from people wanting to buy them as surprise Christmas presents. They can live up to 20 years so people need to realise they are a long term commitment before getting one as a Christmas present.' At four inches high and six inches long, tiny Gaga weighs little more than a bag of sugar at 1.5Kg. She can fit into a tiny Christmas stocking - and will even happily fall asleep inside. But within two years she will eventually grow to up to 13 inches tall and weigh up to 65lb. (Photo by Nick Obank / Barcroft Media / Getty Images)
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"To hear that somebody did this to an animal that we worked so hard to make sure was healthy, and tried to get into a good home, is absolutely heartbreaking," explained Leon Davis, of British Columbia’s SPCA. "It takes a special type of person to adopt an animal from a rescue organization simply to take them home to kill them and eat them.”
The couple who adopted Molly says they had trouble training the pig.
They have since been blacklisted from BC SPCA’s database and will be unable to adopt in the future.
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