The RSPCA is appealing for information after the body of a pig with his legs tied together was pulled out of a river in Stockport.
A member of the public contacted the RSPCA on Friday morning (29 September) after seeing the pig in the river by a weir, in Otterspool, in Romiley.
RSPCA Animal Welfare Officer (AWO) Steve Wickham and a crew from Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service attended to remove the body.
AWO Wickham said: “At this stage we don’t know how the pig died, as there are no obvious injuries on his body, but we are concerned that he was alive when he was thrown into the water, as we cannot understand why his legs had been tied together.
“It doesn’t look as though he had been in the water for long as his body had not decomposed at all.
“He is a large animal and it took five of us to get him out of the water and into my van, so it is likely that a group of people were involved in him going in the water in the first place.”
The pig had no ID tag, however he had a hole in his ear, which indicated he has been tagged in the past.
The pig’s body has been transferred to an RSPCA hospital, where it will undergo a post-mortem examination on Monday to determine whether he was alive or dead when he went into the water.
Anyone who has any information is asked to contact the RSPCA in complete confidence on 0300 123 8018.
“It is likely that the pig may have been stolen, so if any farmers have lost a pig recently then please get in touch with us,” added AWO Wickham.
To help the RSPCA continue rescuing, rehabilitating and rehoming animals in desperate need of care please visit www.rspca.org.uk/give.