This story was updated Feb. 18, 2019. See details in the story.
The case of the wandering porkers has landed a Durham veterinarian and two technicians in a poke.
Last month, Paula Kay Bullock, who is a vet at the Affordable Animal Hospital on N. Pointe Drive, along with vet technicians Sonia Velazquez and Daisee Trejo, were all charged with three counts each of abandonment of an animal and of allowing livestock to run at large, according to a Durham County Sheriff’s Office incident report.
Update: The charges against Velazquez and Trejo were subsequently dropped by the Durham County District Attorney’s Office.
They had been accused of letting a sow and her two piglets to roam free in the parking lot of the office, according to the report.
Somebody at the Affordable Animal Hospital contacted the Sheriff’s Office on Sept. 15 around 4 p.m. to report three unclaimed pigs at the office. The Sheriff’s Office made the vet’s office aware of a state law which says an unclaimed animal left at a vet’s office has to remain there for 10 days before an animal is deemed abandoned by the owner.
The report indicated that the veterinarian had been in communication with the pigs’ owner. The owner told investigators he made an unsuccessful attempt to retrieve the pigs, which he had brought in to be spayed. He indicated that there was a disagreement about the price for spaying the pigs and that he was trying to make other arrangements to shelter his animals,
Around 9:30 p.m. that same day, the Sheriff’s Office received another call for service for livestock on the road at the vet’s office. After consulting the district attorney’s office, animal abandonment charges against the veterinarian and two employees who released the animals were filed.
Bullock also faces other unrelated charges for fraud and identity theft charges, according to police.