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(Updated 7:30 a.m., Dec. 7)
Pot-bellied pigs accidentally shot in case of mistaken identity

By Fred Sherwin
The Orléans Star

Two east-end hunters need to give their heads a good shake and have their eyes checked to make sure they can see right after shooting and killing two harmless pot-bellied pigs.

The heart-breaking incident happened in November on the property of Navan farmer, Matt Nooyen. The pair of intruders mistook his family pets for wild boars and shot them only metres from his front door.

Lianne Guilbault in happier times with her pot-bellied pigs Pickles and Rosie. Fred Sherwin/Photo

“It was brutal to find out that Pickles and Rosie had been killed,” said Nooyen, who along with his wife Lianne Guilbeault had raised the cute, cuddly creatures since they were babies.

The shooting victims were trained to stay on the couple’s 40-hectare property on Frank Kenny Road, and never strayed far from the house. They were very similar to dogs in that they would come to you when you whistled for them.

This sad scenario comes down to the fact that the hunters did not have permission to come on the Nooyen’s property, but proceeded to do so anyways.

“They thought there were some wild boars on my property and wanted to get rid of them,” says Nooyen. “They left a message on my wife’s phone asking for permission to shoot the wild boars. She tried unsuccessfully to get a hold of them and say no. That’s when she called me, sensing something bad may happen so I rushed home to check on the pigs.”

Whenever the Navan couple left their home, Pickles and Rosie were kept in an outdoor enclosure which would allow them to roam around and enjoy some secured freedom, or so they thought. When the dairy farmer returned to his property the pigs were not there and two strangers were just steps from his front door.

“I knew something was wrong because they were always in their pen. I asked them where the pigs were and was told they ran away,” recalls Nooyen.

After searching frantically for his pets for an hour or so, Nooyen got word from his wife that the hunters admitted to shooting the pigs and had their carcasses with them. Pickles and Rosie were buried the following day under a tree on the couple’s property where they will rest in peace.

“We know we can’t bring the pigs back but we can raise awareness so something like this never happens again,” says Nooyen.

The hunters may receive a $100 fine for trespassing as well as providing compensation to Nooyen and Guilbeault for their loss.

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