JEFFERSON-An Ashe County woman accused of allowing a pot-belly pig freeze to death last year is due back in superior court this week to face an animal cruelty charge.
Brooke Michelle Severt, 26, was charged on Feb. 14, 2016 by Ashe County Animal Control for failing to provide food and water for a pot-belly pig. The charge reached felony status because the animal died as a result of neglect, said Animal Control Director Joe Testerman in a previous interview.
Severt is due in court Monday.
“We had several complaints on her throughout 2015 and ’16 that she was not penning the pig properly and it was running loose,” said Testerman. “On this specific incident, we received a call after hours when it was snowing and really cold. A neighbor had called and said that Ms. Severt was not at the property and had not been there for days. They said the pig was in a close-in with no food or shelter. She stated it was near death. We went and found the pig in a small homemade lot. It was freezing to death. There were no signs of food or water. It was covered in snow and was emaciated. It had gone without food or water for several days.”
Despite the efforts of animal control, Testerman said the pig died overnight.
Last year’s pot-belly pig death was not a first for animal control. Two years ago, they encountered a pig that had severe untended injuries. In that particular case, the pig was running loose and its back legs were rotting off due to a previous run-in with a dog or pack of coyotes.
“We couldn’t prove who it belonged to,” said Testerman in an earlier interview. “We had our suspicions, but we couldn’t prove it.”
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