Pot Belly Pig Rescue

Stray Pig Rescued by ISPCA and Gardai After Dangerous Roadside Chase

A stray pig caused chaos on the roads outside Donegal town on February 22, as it ran erratically in and out of wasteland and onto the main road, endangering both itself and drivers.

Thankfully, local animal welfare groups and the Gardai were on hand to help. Killian McLaughlin from Wild Ireland, inspector Kevin McGinley of The Irish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ISPCA), Donegal Animals in Need, and veterinarian Nick Garvey attended the scene with the Gardai to assess the pig’s condition.

Despite their best efforts, it was quickly determined that the pig was too dangerous to catch without sedation. Veterinary advice confirmed that the only option was to tranquillize the animal.

Killian McLaughlin, experienced in animal tranquilization, who had the the skills and equipment to dart the pig safely. He was able to sedate the pig without harm, and it was then moved into a trailer for transport to the ISPCA centre in Ballyar Letterkenny.

By the time the pig arrived at the centre, it was already awake and eager to explore its new surroundings. The staff at the centre quickly settled the pig into a warm and secure stable, providing it with the care and attention it deserved.

The Gardai are currently investigating the circumstances surrounding the pig’s abandonment, and there may be a prosecution for those responsible. In the meantime, the pig will receive ongoing care from the ISPCA until it can be rehomed.

This incident is a reminder of the importance of responsible pet ownership and the need to report any concerns regarding animal welfare. The ISPCA and other animal welfare organizations work tirelessly to ensure the safety and wellbeing of animals in need, and we should all do our part to support them.


Follow Killian on his visit to Donegal town to rescue a wayward Pot Bellied Pig.  The event was covered by the independent.  Click the link to find out more:




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