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Man provides sanctuary for abandoned pigs

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Richard Hoyle Richard Hoyle
JAMESTOWN, Tenn. -

Former Marine turned pig farmer Richard Hoyle has more than 100 pigs on his Jamestown ranch.

His property is no ordinary pig farm but a sanctuary.  Owners would never think of sending the pigs to the slaughter house. Instead, they are going to live long and healthy lives.

Pigs end up on Hoyle's farm from research facilities, farm foreclosures and as unwanted pets.

"Ninety-five percent of the people that I say get a pet pig, within two years, that pig will either be abandoned, or traded, re-homed or in a sanctuary," Hoyle said.

Managing pigs is a full time job.  It takes Hoyle three hours each day just to give them food and water. 

He often cooks for the pigs as well. 

Hoyle explained, "I try to physically lay my eyes on each and every one of them and do a quick wellness check to make sure no one is sick, injured or been hurt in the last 24 hours."

It's back breaking and dirty work that few could endure. The pig farm requires hard labor with no holidays or vacation time. 

"I have not had a vacation since we started the sanctuary some 20 years ago.  My vacations are here with the pigs," said Hoyle.

It's a dedication that probably most can't understand, but to Hoyle, pigs are simply misunderstood.

"I think the pig is one of the most maligned animals in the animal kingdom.  I also think it's one of the animals that get the shortest end of the stick all the time," he said.

Hoyle and his wife are vegetarians and would never think of eating an animal that simply needs a home.

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