UNION — A local woman said her neighbor mistook her son’s pet for a wild animal, which led to a devastating end for her family.
The Feb. 1 edition of The Union Daily Times included a story headlined “Man kills 400-pound wild hog.” The story described an incident during which Kenneth George killed what he thought was a wild hog on his property on SC-49 (Lockhart Hwy.) in Union. George said he went outside to see what was causing his dog to bark, and when he did, he saw what he thought was a wild hog, and he shot it with a .22 pistol.
After the story was published, The Union Daily Times received several calls and emails regarding the story.
According to Chrissy Richardson — who lives less than a quarter mile from George — the animal was not wild; it was her son’s pet. Richardson said the pig had lived at her home, located on Old Ferry Road, for the past three years. Richardson said she fed the pig at night before going to work at Union County Jail, and the pig got out of the yard, which she said was a rare occurrence.
“She would come if you called her,” Richardson said. “All you had to do was rub her and she would fall over. She had been here three years and wouldn’t hurt anybody.”
Richardson said she believes that when George shined his flashlight, the pig thought it was feeding time, and she approached him. She also said her son had looked for the pig and was devastated when he found her remains in the woods after being processed for meat.
Richardson filed a filed a suit against George through the Union County Magistrate’s Office on Feb. 5, and he was served on Feb. 6. The case (No. 2014CV4410100139) is pending. According to the magistrate’s office George has 30 days from the time he was served to respond to the suit.
Richardson said no compensation will amend the loss of what was like a member of the family, but she felt some type of action needed to be taken.
Officials at the Union County Magistrate’s Office said more information about the case will be available after the hearing takes place.
Derik Vanderford can be reached at 864-427-1234, Ext. 29.