Police found 900 neglected pigs at drugs lab on farm in Belgium

Animal News : Police found 900 neglected pigs at drugs lab on farm in Belgium

Police found 900 neglected pigs while raiding a drugs lab on a farm in Belgium. The farmer is suspected of providing his barns for drug-related activities. 

“In a farm in Bekkevoort, an active drug lab was discovered, but in the same farm, the police also found about 900 neglected pigs in various stables,” Leuven police told local media. A veterinarian was called to the scene in Bekkefoort as the animals were deceased or in poor health. 

“About 70 pigs had to be euthanized on the spot,” police said. “For the approximately 700 living pigs, two caretakers were appointed who will be responsible for the care of the animals. The animals were seized by the Animal Welfare Service. The dogs and chickens that were present on the farm were transferred to De Zorghoeve.”

The Belgian Federal Agency for the Safety of the Food Chain (FAVV) and the Animal Welfare Service will monitor the welfare of the animals. 

The Leuven Public Prosecutor’s Office is further investigating animal welfare violations by the 39-year-old farmer.

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