Update: Pigs shot with a crossbow in Blythburgh were pregnant with piglets

One of the injured sows at Blythburgh, owned by Jimmy Butler, of Blythburgh Free Range Pork, which have been shot with a crossbow. Picture: SUPPLIED. One of the injured sows at Blythburgh, owned by Jimmy Butler, of Blythburgh Free Range Pork, which have been shot with a crossbow. Picture: SUPPLIED.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013
5:13 PM

A pregnant sow, who was shot with a crossbow, may have to abort her litter of piglets because of the horrific injuries.

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Police are seeking witnesses after pigs were shot with a crossbow, or similar weapon, in a field at Blythburgh.

The incident happened sometime between 11.30am on Friday (November 29) and 5am on Saturday in a field near to the water tower on the B1123.

The distressed sow was discovered in the field on Saturday morning along with three other pregnant pigs who had been impaled with arrows after the “mindless” attack.

The pigs’ owner, Jimmy Butler, of Blythburgh Free Range Pork, has condemned the criminals as “worse than animals”.

He said: “It was distressing for my men, it was distressing for anyone who had to deal with it and most of all it was distressing for the pigs.

“It just makes you so angry because it’s a wanton act of vandalism and the real ones to suffer are the pigs - what is the point of it?”

Two more of Mr Butler’s prize pigs were missing from the field, near the water tower on the B1123, and are believed to have been killed by the crossbowman.

The pigs were comparatively worthless if sold for meat, but their piglets would have fetched the highest value.

Mr Butler said that Blythburgh pork was the “very top of the market” serving royalty and exclusive diners at restaurants such as the Ivy and Savoy in London.

The 66-year-old farmer hopes the three pigs discovered with arrows protruding from their backs will make a full recovery after their wounds are cleaned and treated with antibiotics.

However, the fourth sow, whose arrow had been dislodged by the time farm workers found her, is described as “very poorly” and feared to lose her litter.

Mr Butler hopes someone saw the attack and will bring the crossbowman to justice.

“They’re worse than animals, it’s just horrendous,” said Mr Butler.

A police spokesman said: “We are appealing for anyone who may have witnessed the incident or who may have information that could help the investigation to get in contact with PC Mark Bryant on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”

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