ORANGE – Police say an issue regarding pigs has been causing an uproar in Orange.
Police responded to various calls at the Sugar Mountain Farm in Orange regarding livestock issues for the past two weeks.
On August 20, police say they originally received a call for a reported animal neglect issue and it was determined to be unfounded.
However, they say loose animals were seen wandering on the property both inside and outside of pens and in the roadway.
Two days after the original call, police received two additional calls for pigs in the roadway in that area, and they responded based on those reports.
Since the original call, police have been in contact with the farm owner and the Vermont Attorney General’s Office of Legal Counsel to the Agency of Agriculture in an attempt to facilitate a reasonable outcome for all parties in this matter.
Also, since the original call, police say they had responded to the Sugar Mountain Farm for reports of vandalism, burglary, and other suspicious incidents that may have been perpetrated intentionally, leading to the escape of the pigs from the property.
Police say they are actively investigating this incident.
Anyone with information is being asked to contact the police at 802-229-9191.