Odd W.Va. Rescue: Truckload of Abandoned Pigs
Driver tells officials he went for a walk, lost track of time as 165 'panting' pigs sat in sun
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jun 4, 2017 12:31 PM CDT
A pig looks out of a vent in a transport truck trailer in this 2010 file photo.   (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

(Newser) – A truckload of pigs wasn't ready to become bacon, despite being parked in the hot sun for hours in West Virginia. Bystanders called the fire department Friday after spotting 165 "panting pigs" in a seemingly abandoned tractor-trailer outside a Long John Silver restaurant. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reported that firefighters doused the pigs with water to keep them cool, and had the truck towed to a shady spot until the Ohio trucking company comes to retrieve the animals. The tow company's owner again sprayed the pigs off. "I'm just watering my pigs," he tells the Gazette-Mail.

The newspaper identified the driver as 55-year-old Keith Stikeleather, who said it's his second week on the job. He said he went for a walk and lost track of time, reports the AP; he returned three hours later. Department Assistant Fire Chief Rob Sutler said the pigs appeared healthy but would need to regain the weight they sweated off. "It’s an economic cost to the trucking company, the farm that’s selling them," Sutler said. "Luckily, there’s no deceased animals."

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