The El Paso County Sheriff's Office is investigating a disturbing case of animal cruelty.
Two pigs are recovering from serious injuries after they were tied up and beaten twice in the past week at Venetucci Farm in Colorado Springs.
Initially, the farm managers thought they were attacked by dogs. But, when they looked closer at the evidence left behind and the pigs injuries, they realized it was humans.
The pigs were attacked last Tuesday night and again Sunday night.
The youngest of the two pigs, just 5-months old was more seriously hurt.
"Her wound is consistent with someone tacking a post and whacking it on her rear end and dragging the fin of the t-post through her skin and fat," said manager Susan Gordon.
Gordon and her husband went outside to feed the animals last Wednesday morning when they found a big open wound on her rear end.
"Initially after the first attack we thought the smaller of the two may have to be put down because her jaw appeared to be broken and she wasn't eating," recalled Gordon.
But now she is eating and appears to be doing better.
The older pig, who is twice her size, was able to get away from the attackers.
"I don't quite understand why someone would want to do something like this to an innocent, helpless, cute little animal," said Gordon.
Gordon says they plan to move the pigs to a different area of the farm to prevent this from happening again.
"Please stop. These animals haven't hurt anybody," concluded Gordon.
When and if authorities find the people responsible for this case of animal cruelty, the farm managers would like to have them do some volunteer work at the farm and develop a relationship with the animals.
Venetucci Farm is offering a reward. Anyone with information should call the El Paso County Sheriff's Office at 390-555 or Crimestoppers at 634-STOP.