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Fifty pigs killed in piggery blaze

Friday, 1 April, 2016

shed 1200The SPCA says the deaths of around 50 pigs in a blaze this morning highlight the need for animal emergency planning.

Around 50 pigs have been killed in a fire that ripped through a farrowing (birthing) shed at a piggery north of Hamilton this morning.

"This tragedy is a timely reminder that farmers and others working with animals must have robust animal emergency management plans in place," says the chief executive of SPCA New Zealand, Ric Odom.

"At the very least, farmers should have effective smoke alarms, fire extinguisher systems, and evacuation plans."