Amy has been at MSPCA’s Nevins Farm in Methuen since Sept. 27. Her Franklin owners bought the 2-year-old potbelly in 2016 and thought they were getting a “mini pig.”
The MSPCA says Amy’s owners fed her everything from meat and vegetables to cookies and donuts.
“She got tremendously fat because she was fed too much of the wrong foods and was given no opportunity to exercise or express normal pig behaviors such as rooting and wallowing,” said Ellie Monteith, who manages the farm animal program at Nevins, in a statement. “She was at least 100 lbs. overweight when we got her and was easily one of the fattest pigs I had ever seen in my life.”
The MSPCA says Amy is depressed due to her size and refused to move for days. She’s now on a strict diet and does “piggy aerobics,” which involves walking the length of the barn several times during the day.
The farm has taken in 96 homeless pigs over the last five years thanks to the “mini pig” fad.
“We cannot stress this enough: if someone tells you they’re selling ‘mini pigs’ who will stay small for their entire lives, they are not telling the truth,” Monteith said.