A pot-bellied pig named Maybelle has been removed from her home in Massachusetts last month because she was dangerously overweight.
She was taken from her owner, Megan Caterino, who, as a result, has now been charged with animal cruelty.
When she arrived at the Animal Rescue League of Boston, she weight it at almost 200 pounds. Her diet mainly consisted of dog food and when she was found, she was completely immobile.
Maybelle is so dangerously overweight that her vision is even obscured by a roll of fat that is covering her eyes. The pig is still currently not mobile.
People working with her are slightly encouraged because some progress has been made towards her weight loss.
The pig is now on a strict diet that is made up of vegetables six times a day. There is still now workout regimen that Maybelle can do, but she can go to the bathroom on her own. She still has a hard time standing, but she is making progress.
The rescue plans to keep track of her weight loss with measuring tape until she is able to get on a scale. “We’re hoping to get her outside this summer for more exercise and get her back to the things pigs do,” DeFina said.
“She is so overweight right now,” Michael DeFina, who works at the rescue, told InsideEdition.com. “There’s a roll of fat over her eyes. You see her struggling to move around. It’s heartbreaking to watch. But the encouraging thing is the fact that she already lost a little bit of weight.”
“She’s gaining mobility back,” DeFina said. “There’s really no workout regimen to do. She has a hard time standing. Right now, it’s about lowering her calorie intake and slight movements that she does like going to the bathroom.”