Woman distraught as ‘severely obese’ pet pig seized by animal control

  • Pork Chop is so fat that it took two officers to carry him out of the house, using straps to support his body and help him walk
  • His owner, Kelly Jacobson, wept as she told reporters ‘I need him’ and promised to ‘make him better’ 
  • Officers said the pig was severely obese, has a skin condition and needs its tusks and nails groomed

A distraught Florida woman wept as her beloved ‘severely obese’ pet pig, Pork Chop, was seized by animal control over fears for the 400-lb porker’s health. 

Pork Chop was carried out of a house in Northwood village of West Palm Beach by two police officers during an eviction Thursday night.

He is so heavy that the officers had to use straps to support his weight to help him walk, with one at his front and the other at his back. 

His owner, Kelly Jacobson, 38, wiped away tears as he was carried away and loaded into a van, telling a reporter ‘I need him.’

An emotional Jacobson promised she would do ‘whatever I have to to make him better.’

It took two officers to move the giant pig, named Pork Chop, who is so fat he can hardly walk

Pork Chop was carried out of the house and loaded into a van on Thursday night

She added: ‘I don’t know what else to say right now. They took Pork Chop away from me.’ 

Jacobson claims Pork Chop is a service animal, but officers from Palm Beach County Animal Care and Control are so concerned about his weight that they have seized him and are seeking custody of the animal. 

It’s not the first time they have raised concerns about Pork Chop – Jacobson was cited twice for similar issues in February 2023 and September 2022. 

‘I have fought a lot of people for a long time to keep him, and people are taking him away from me,’ Jacobson told WPTV.

She said that she had tried to put him on a diet, but had struggled to find someone who would groom him. 

Officers finally removed him on Thursday night, while Jacobson was being evicted from her home. 

Court documents state she was evicted after a Fort Lauderdale-based landlord said she didn’t pay rent for three months.

Pork Chop's owner Kelly Jacobson wept as she told reporter's 'I need him'

Jacobson promised to do 'whatever I have to to make him better'

She said she had fought 'for a long time' to keep him. The pig was seized as Jacobson was evicted from her home

She had reportedly also told the landlord that Pork Chop had been removed six months ago.  

A local business owner, Stephen Schmidt, said Pork Chop was famous in his office as workers could hear him squealing. 

‘It was quite a distraction, I do know that. They heard it across the street squealing,’ Schmidt said. 

Animal control officials are now seeking custody of Pork Chop – a process that takes between 30 and 60 days. He will then likely go to a sanctuary to lose weight.

Annette Wrubleski from the nearby Laughing Pig Sanctuary may take him in when the time comes. 

She told WPTV she has hope for Pork Chop, who needs to go on a lean diet of fruits and vegetables. 

Annette Wrubleski from the Laughing Pig Sanctuary hopes that Pork Chop will be able to lose weight and live a happy and active life again

‘It’s going to be a long process. He can’t walk and doesn’t have that activity level to exercise, but it will come in time,’ Wrubleski said.

Posting on Facebook, Wrubleski took issue with how the officers had gone about removing him from the house but put it down to a lack of training, saying ‘pigs as pets is fairly new’. 

‘I was absolutely mortified at the way Animal Services handled this poor pig…’ she said. ‘If they do not have the tools nor the training to safely and effectively remove a pig from a household, it is not their fault.’


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