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Backyard Pig Slaughter Leads to Felony Animal Cruelty Arrest in Fair Oaks (VIDEO)

Fair Oaks residents heard "horrendous screaming and squealing" coming from a nearby backyard. What they found was a pig being slaughtered, initially with a hammer-blow to the head.

When several Fair Oaks residents began hearing "horrendous screaming and squealing" coming from a nearby backyard, they took a closer look to see what was happening. 

What they found was a large hog being slaughtered, initially with a hammer-blow to the head that failed to kill the animal, according to the Sacramento Sheriff's Department. 

"If you've got a problem, call the *** cops," said the neighbors doing the slaughtering, as you can hear in the News10 report above. 

That's precisely what the neighbors did.  

"It looks like at first he tried to bludgeon it with some kind of blunt force," said Jason Ramos of the Sacramento County Sheriff's Department to News10. "When that was unsuccessful, he took some type of weapon and slit the pig's throat." 

News10 also reports that Christopher Roppelt, 31, was arrested and charged with felony cruelty to animals.

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Justin Cox (Editor) January 08, 2013 at 07:47 PM
In another local pig-slaughter story: An Elk Grove man was killed after being shot during a pig slaughter last October... http://bit.ly/XigIZ0
Suzanne McMurtrey January 08, 2013 at 08:31 PM
Every time I think we've reach the lowest level of stupidity and cruelty, I am dismayed to find that people sink ever lower.
Patty M. January 08, 2013 at 08:41 PM
Although I don't approve of it, pigs have been slaughtered by stringing them up from a tree branch and slitting their throats on farms for centuries. It is the way it is done. Laura Ingalls Wilder describes it in her first book, and being a country girl, I can vouch for it. Like Laura, it would break my heart.
Rene Nitz January 08, 2013 at 10:38 PM
Not sure what is worse. This or the commercialized slaughter of the same animal (not to mention cows, chickens, etc). I'm hoping anyone who is horrified by this story will consider what they put on their plates at night.
Mark Vandermik January 08, 2013 at 11:43 PM
Who's to say plants don't have feelings too?
robert keyser January 09, 2013 at 12:00 AM
i wouldn't mind a shot in the ear quick. but trying to kill it with a hammer? dumb their skulls are tought to crack. this person 1 didn't know what he was doing and 2 should of taken the animal to a real butcher/animal place to do it right.
Racerx Gto January 09, 2013 at 12:27 AM
Every single day, fruits and vegetables are violently severed from their natural habitat, away from their fellow brothers and sisters growing side by side. Then the severed parts are viciously prepared and consumed without any regard or compassion, only to satisfy selfish wants. Who speaks for the plants? This world is so full of violence against plants, Ohhhh the humanity!
Racerx Gto January 09, 2013 at 12:30 AM
I agree, should have just had the piggy taken to a slaughterhouse, where he could have just picked up his cuts and put them in the freezer. Now he's in deep doo with a felony on his record.
Roberta Hubbard January 09, 2013 at 03:26 AM
It is murder, and not o.k. Humans don't need to kill animals for food, as we can live vegan/vegetarian lives. For anyone to compare eating vegetables to eating red blooded animals is in huge denial. I am vegan, and healthy, but most of all I live my morals living a cruel free and compassionate life/diet. With respect for all living beings and their right to life and not to be harmed is the only right way to go. Man kind has gone crazy in thier madness when they overlook and ignore the horrible violence against innocent animals. Just put yourself in their position...how would you feel? Nothing can justify the madness of man's selfishness, greed, gluttony, & violence against animals.
Justin Cox (Editor) January 09, 2013 at 06:28 PM
Patch user "Carrot carnivore" posted the following comment. We had to remove a few words from the otherwise thoughtful comment. Please keep the language clean, people. Here's the bulk of the comment: "Anyone who argues that vegetables and animals share the same experience before they end up on your plate is ... ignorant ... Animals, obviously, feel pain and fear just like humans do (who are also animals). A carrot, obviously, does not. I guess on carrot factory farms, they also rip out their carrot testicles without anesthesia and cut off their carrot tails while they kick and scream with their little carrot legs and little carrot lungs. I guess when mother carrots being kept in carrot gestation crates develop open sores the size of a human fist and have their carrot uteruses prolapse and fall out of their carrot vaginas, they also go cruelly untreated as sows do. I guess when factory farmed carrots are shot in the head with a bolt gun and strung up by their hind leg to have their throat slit open while they're still conscious and starting kicking and thrashing violently, that's just the same as when it happens to pigs. I guess the next time your neighbors hear carrot screams coming from your backyard they better call the cops ... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=THIODWTqx5E&feature=youtube_gdata_player"
Patty M. January 09, 2013 at 11:35 PM
I agree with Robert and Racerx. Times have changed, animals are understood better, and killing by gun has taken the place of stringing up pigs and cutting their throats so they bleed to death on family farms. However, Fair Oaks is no place to kill a pig. It is not the countryside anymore.

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