Over the course of seven years, 19 complaints were filed against a Roy couple whose neighbors said regularly abandoned their animals.
On Tuesday, Pierce County prosecutors charged Fagatuluimalemalo Faagata, 41, and his wife, Agnesmarthe Tau, 38, with six counts of animal cruelty.
An arraignment date has not yet been scheduled.
Animal control officers visited the couple’s property on 394th Street South in December after several neighbors reported seeing dead pigs in a pen.
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Officers found one live piglet with pneumonia in a pen with several dead pigs.
“Because there were too many pigs scavenging for food, some would get stuck in the barrel and then squeal,” according to charging papers. “The pigs would fight amongst themselves when one would find anything that appeared edible.”
An animal control officer “described the scene as a ‘survival of the fittest’ scenario.”
Also on the property were 15 pigs, two cows, one horse, one dog and one cat.
The horse was in the best condition because neighbors had been feeding it.
At least two pigs had to be euthanized — one because of severe lacerations and the other due to a fractured pelvis.
Stacia Glenn: 253-597-8653