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Florida family files complaint with veterinary board after pet pig's gruesome death

Posted at 3:56 PM, Jan 04, 2018
and last updated 2018-01-04 20:45:34-05

BRANDON, Fla. —  A Brandon family has filed a formal complaint with Florida's Department of Business and Professional Regulation after they say their pet pig died a gruesome death.

The agency is in charge of regulating the license for different professions including cosmetologists, real estate agents and veterinarians. 

Kayla Del Valle tells ABC Action News her pet pig, Tommy Hilpiggers, died December 27 after she hired a mobile veterinarian. 

Del Valle explains Dr. Larry Britt with Roadrunner Veterinary offered to come to her home to do a routine surgery that included neutering the four-month-old pig.

"A lot of people get this procedure done in their homes, because it's supposed to be very simple," she said, "he said himself 30 seconds and your done."

However, Del Valle said shortly after the procedure, she came to find a gruesome scene, "a massacre," she explained, "that's how I describe it to people, because that's what it was."

Del Valle alleges that Britt left her home with Tommy the pig and blood all over her pack porch.

"The blood was everywhere," she said.

We reached out to Dr. Britt at his office, and by phone, but we were told by a receptionist that he was on the road working. She said there are two sides to every story, but that Britt would not be calling us back. 

"I would understand if it was an accident," Del Valle said, "I understand accidents do happen, but if it was an accident you would have gone about it differently."

ABC Action News looked into Dr. Britt — our I-Team even did a story on him in 2013 for allegedly faking a horse's death and keeping it. He reached a settlement then, without admitting guilt and was given a fine and probation. 

We also learned that he was on probation a second time too. We looked into Dr. Britt's vet license and found that about 10 years ago he was investigated for letting another animal bleed to death. 

Documents show that Britt reached a settlement again for probation and was told to do 10 hours of continuing education. 

"I don't know how you could hurt a family so much and see how much you hurt us and not care," said Del Valle.

The Brandon woman says Britt offered to pay for Tommy's cremation but she declined. 

Del Valle has filed a complaint with the licensing board, but we are waiting to hear from them about whether they plan to open an investigation.