Police arrest Virginia Beach man accused of owning illegal hog farm

Posted at 11:13 AM, Dec 31, 2015
and last updated 2016-01-14 15:53:41-05

Garry Morris, Sr.

Virginia Beach, Va. - The Virginia Beach Animal Enforcement Unit has arrested a man responsible for an illegal hog farm in the 2800 block of Salem Road.

Gary Lionel Morris, Sr. has been charged with eight counts of cruelty to animals, two care of agricultural animals by owner, one count leaving disabled or dead animal in road or allowing dead animal to remain unburied.

Officers learned on December 29th of the illegal hog farm located on city property.

When officers arrived they found over 100 hogs living in deplorable conditions. Groups of farmers worked together with law enforcement in the rain to move the pigs from the woods into a trailer for re-location.

Animal Enforcement began providing care to the hogs and today officers are in the process of relocating the hogs.

Fire and hazmat crews were called on Thursday due to the conditions at the farm.

Neighbors tell Newschannel 3 they knew there were pigs in the area because of a sign placed in front of one of the homes. They say though that they had no idea there were more than 100 pigs living in the woods.

Now they and Virginia Beach Police want to know who is responsible for raising the pigs in the woods.

If you know who is responsible, Virginia Beach Police want you to take action and call the Crime Line.