Berleen the pig disappeared from a Cobble Hill farm around Aug. 9, less than two weeks before she was scheduled to travel to a sanctuary in Manitoba. (Facebook photo)

Have you seen Berleen? B.C. pig destined for sanctuary goes missing

Berleen was less than two weeks from travelling to Manitoba when she vanished

Have you seen Berleen?

Less than two weeks before Berleen, a 400-pound pig was scheduled to travel to a farm animal sanctuary in Manitoba, she disappeared from the farm where she had been staying in the Cowichan Valley.

Berleen’s trip to Kismet Creek Farm in Steinbach, Manitoba, where she would have lived out her days happily, was scheduled for Aug. 22, but she suddenly vanished from Lee Schroeder’s property in Cobble Hill earlier this week.

“The property is fully fenced,” Schroeder said. “I have checked all the fences and there’s no place she could get out. I have a feeling someone has stolen her from the property.”

RELATED: Theo the 800-pound pig finds a home on Vancouver Island

RELATED: Adopted potbelly pig killed and eaten on Vancouver Island

Schroeder developed an attachment to Berleen and is worried about her.

“She is such a sweetheart, loves cuddles, and it was arranged that she would be going to [Manitoba] to live out the rest of her life there. I miss her so much. My husband Wayne Clark and I would like to see her back and then she could go to her forever home where pigs need to be and not eaten.”

Berleen has a birthmark on the right side of her face and a fatty lump about the size of the palm of a hand on her upper backside.

A local farmer had surrendered Berleen to Schroeder earlier this year while PEACE (People Ensuring Animal Care Exists) searched for a no-kill home for her. There wasn’t any room at sanctuaries in B.C. or Alberta at the time, so PEACE expanded the search to Manitoba, where they found a home at Kismet Creek. She was set to travel there with other animals later this month.

“Because it’s a long trip, we needed time to plan for it,” PEACE co-founder and president Sarien Slabbert explained.

According to Slabbert, Berleen is an infertile sow, which in most cases would have meant she was destined for slaughter, but the farmer who owned her didn’t want that to happen, which is why she was surrendered to Schroeder.

In a Facebook post, Kismet Creek Farm also expressed its dismay at Berleen’s disappearance.

“We are devastated that she’s gone missing and we are hoping she will be found safe so she can get the happy ending she deserves,” the sanctuary said.

For more news from Vancouver Island and beyond delivered daily into your inbox, please click here.

cowichan valley

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

 

Berleen the pig disappeared from a Cobble Hill farm around Aug. 9, less than two weeks before she was scheduled to travel to a sanctuary in Manitoba. (Facebook photo)

Just Posted

Man who stole truck and canoe in View Royal believed he was fleeing zombies, court finds

Judge finds man not criminally responsible by reason of mental disorder for 2019 thefts

‘Bonnie’ and ‘Henry’ among latest litter of service dog puppies

B.C. Alberta Guide Dogs names two pups after provincial health officer

Electrical issue causes heavy smoke to billow from Oak Bay Avenue coffee shop

Victoria and Oak Bay fire crews responded to smoke at Victoria café

Former Victoria Royals manager celebrates Stanley Cup win

Grant Armstrong is now an amateur scout with Tampa Bay Lightning

Horgan frustrated as Transport Canada mandate for BC Ferry riders returns

Transport Canada reinstates rule that bans passengers from lower decks

105 new COVID-19 cases, 1 death as health officials urge B.C. to remember safety protocols

There are currently 1268 active cases, with 3,337 people under public health monitoring

U.S. Presidential Debate Takeaways: An acrid tone from the opening minute

Here are key takeaways from the first of three scheduled presidential debates before Election Day on Nov. 3

B.C. nurses report rise in depression, anxiety, exhaustion due to pandemic

A new UBC study looks into how the COVID-19 response has impacted frontline nurses

National child-care plan could help Canada rebound from COVID-induced economic crisis: prof

A $2 billion investment this year could help parents during second wave of pandemic

16 MLAs retiring from B.C. politics add up to $20M in pensions: Taxpayers Federation

Taxpayers pay $4 for every dollar MLAs contribute to their pensions

Join Black Press Media and Do Some Good

Pay it Forward program supports local businesses in their community giving

Ahead of likely second wave, 60% of Canadians relaxing COVID-19 measures

Proportion of Canadians following safety measures has dropped by 3 per cent in the past two weeks

Shoplifting suspect allegedly spits on worker at store in Nanaimo

Suspect became aggressive when confronted by loss prevention officer at Walmart, say RCMP

Action demanded over death of First Nations youth in Abbotsford group home

Family and Indigenous organizations push for thorough investigation

Most Read