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Location: Lock Lomond Road, Gooloogong NSW
Owned by: Geoffrey & Eileen Baker
Status: Open and operating
Springview is a 200-sow piggery located in Gooloogong NSW, with farrowing crates, sow stalls, group sow housing, and a breeding area with several boars.
In late October 2013, a sow was discovered in a terrible condition, unable to move, with large bloody wounds on both of her front legs. She could not reach food or water. Activists were able to find a dish and fill it with water to give to her, and after some initial hesitance, she began frantically drinking litre after litre.
Many other sows were found with large untreated injuries, most of them in the sow stalls.
Activists called police the following morning, but nobody was sent until three days later. The police were advised by the owners that the sow had suffered severe prolapses after giving birth to a litter of stillborns, damaging the nerves in her back legs and leaving her partially paralysed. The owners had called in a vet sometime on Thursday 24th or Friday 25th October, who suggested they leave her over the weekend to see if her condition improved, and if not, to "destroy" her. So she was left without food, water, treatment or attention of any sort, until Monday the 28th, when they killed her.
Despite this serious case of neglect, and the apparently undersized sow stalls, the owners of Springview Piggery have not been charged with any animal cruelty offences.
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