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RSPCA in hunt for the truth on how pet pig was killed

Barry Digman sits on the yogurt containers that held his mate Spike’s favourite food.
Barry Digman sits on the yogurt containers that held his mate Spike’s favourite food. Tanya Easterby

THE RSPCA has called on any witnesses to the controversial death of a pet pig in Imbil earlier this month to come forward.

RSPCA Queensland spokesman Michael Beatty said the death of Barry Digman's 114kg pet pig Spike at the hands of a pig hunter near the town's main street on Tuesday night, August 6, was still under investigation.

But he said the organisation was restricted in what action it could take by the lack of eyewitnesses who saw how Spike actually died, and by the lack of a corpse to carry out an autopsy.

"We need more information," Mr Beatty said. "Whether this was a pet pig or a feral pig is not our jurisdiction.

"At the moment we only have the version of the person who killed the pig who says he only killed it because he got a phone call that there was a feral pig running about the town. If anyone has more information as to how the pig was killed they should contact us."

Mr Beatty said that while pig hunting with dogs was not an illegal activity, the RSPCA did not approve of it because it was inhumane to both pigs and dogs.

"The law says dogs can be used to find and bail up a pig but that the pig has to be humanely destroyed."

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