Fla. Officials to Euthanize 400 Pigs

By: AP
By: AP

BUNNELL, Fla. (AP) --

State officials are planning to euthanize about 400 pigs who have been quarantined for an infectious disease at an animal sanctuary since 2005.

A court order granted the Flagler County State Attorney's Office
custody of the pigs Tuesday (Nov. 9). The animals have lived on a sanctuary in central Florida for more than a decade. Local officials tried
for months to get the facility to comply with regulations or shut
down.

A spokesman for the Florida Department of Agriculture says there
is concern the pigs may have an infectious disease caused by
bacteria that can be transmitted to people. Symptoms can be flu
like, but can progress to something more serious.

Lory Yazurlo, who runs the sanctuary, says the pigs never tested
positive for the bacteria.

Officials said the pigs will be euthanized within a week.


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