LONDON GROVE >> Bette, the pig that was maliciously shot by an archer at the Chenoa Manor animal sanctuary, has returned home and is recovering nicely from her wounds, thanks to the skilled veterinary care at New Bolton Center.
The 5-year-old, self-appointed porcine greeter at the farm on Glen Willow Road suffered serious wounds from the arrows shot by a crossbow on Sept. 28 or 29.
Now there is a $2,600 reward for information leading to the arrest of the shooter.
Veterinarian-Chenoa Manor owner Rob Teti discovered Bette’s injuries as he was making his rounds in the fields on Sept. 29 and called for assistance through social media.
Within minutes, volunteers from the community and a New Bolton Center veterinarian were on the scene and Bette spent the next week undergoing surgery then treatment at the world famous large animal hospital.
Last Wednesday, she returned to the animal sanctuary, greeted by keeper Teti and Jane and Owen Donze, who drove her to New Bolton on that fateful night.
Teti said as the van bringing Bette home pulled into the lane that connects the sanctuary to the road on Wednesday, many of the animals, including the cows and sheep, walked to the fence to see what was going on.
As they opened the gate of the van, Bette stepped out and walked around sniffing her old digs.
She had lines of stitches along her back but was nonetheless sprightly as she pranced around.
Teti is keeping her confined in the inner circle of fences until she is stronger, but she can still see and communicate with her old friends through the chain link fence.
That includes Sebastian, the pig who helped calm her down and actually bit part of the arrow from her side on the night of the discovery of the accident. When they reunited on Wednesday, they touched noses and snorted at each other.
The Donzes, mother and son, were happy to see Bette. On the night of Teti’s call for help, they brought over their horse van and helped load Bette inside.
It was dark, however, and they had never been to Chenoa Manor before. In fact, they said since the rescue was carried out in the dark, they really didn’t get a good look at Teti and were happy to meet him in the light when the situation was not so chaotic.
Teti reported that well wishes and contributions have been coming in from all over the country. He was told by New Bolton personnel that they had grown fond of Bette and had started to bond with her there. He also said that $2,600 has been contributed for the reward to find out who did this.
Anyone with information is asked to call the state police at 610-268-2022.