The plea for help comes after the woman, who lives in Johanneshov, southern Stockholm, ran into trouble shoring up a date for her pet cat with a tomcat called Ove. For unspecified reasons, Ove's owner has backed out of the arrangement...The frustrated Stockholm cat owner decided to make a complaint to the Enforcement Agency, an authority mostly known for collecting debts but which also regulates contract disputes between Swedish citizens - including contracts pertaining to animals' breeding life...
Lawyers at the state agency have now ruled in the female cat owner's favour, which in practice means Riderstål's colleagues could march on over to Ove's house, confiscate him, and, in Riderstål's words, "make him available" to the complainant's cat.
"But we of course favour dialogue, and hope they will come to an agreement on how to solve this," [an Agency spokesperson stated.]
The warning comes from animal welfare inspectors with the Västergötaland County administrative board (länsstyrelsen) who are fed up with the farmer for dragging his feet when it comes to attending to the pig's welfare.
"The pig is alone...this has been a temporary solution," the inspector said following a June visit to the farm, located in Marks municipality near the town ofBorås. "But this temporary solution has dragged on and on, from a month or two to several years."
Swedish regulations governing the care of pigs state that hogs are "social animals" that thrive in the company of other pigs.
"It contravenes good animal welfare to keep a pig in social isolation without the company of fellow members of its species," the inspector wrote.
The recent write-up is the latest missive in a two-year effort by county officials to force the 53-year-old animal owner to find a mate for his pig. Back in January, an inspector also noted that the pig remained all by itself and that plans to introduce not to just one but two sows to the swine's sty following a cross country move failed to materialize.