by JARED PELLETIER, NBC 10 NEWS
Saturday, August 24th 2019
TIVERTON, R.I. (WJAR) - — As the turkeys welcome you to the West Place Animal Sanctuary in Tiverton, visitors Saturday got to see the good the sanctuary does for previously neglected animals.
“Our primary focua here is we take in farm animals from neglect, abuse and cruelty cases,” said Executive Director Wendy Taylor.
Saturday was the annual open house which allows the visitors to get a close up look in what goes into rehabbing the animals.
The sanctuary has previously taken in some animals from the infamous Westport Tentant Farm case, but two new members got a lot of attention this Saturday.
Two Vietnamese pot-bellied pigs named Jack and Diane were shown off to the public for the first time since they were brought to the sanctuary by RISPCA in March.
“We did not name them Jack and Diane, the Rhode Island SPCA takes credit for that,” said Taylor.
The John Mellencamp song their names come from goes on to say life goes on, and now there lives go on here.
Animal cruelty charges were filed in the matter, but they were dropped earlier this month.
"Yes, we were disappointed. But, we were only fostering them. We've put months and months of exercise, rehabilitation, we've reconditioned their skin, to turn them back would've been disappointing for everybody involved because of the efforts we've made. The fact that they officially get to stay here for the rest of their lives, that's how it should be," said Taylor.