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Authorities kill 17 Maryland pigs

County animal control officers said that 17 free-ranging pigs, including a large boar, were discovered and shot on properties next to a Maryland, US farm that has been under state quarantine for about six months.

A spokesman said that seven of those killed might have been offspring of a sow trapped Tuesday morning outside the quarantined farm in Carroll County, Maryland.
The properties where the pigs appeared neighbour the farm, where just over 100 pigs supposed to be kept in quarantine were reported missing last month.
The pigs were not allowed to be moved, after six were tested positive for parasitical trichinosis infection and nine were tested positive to toxoplasmosis.
Officials said they don't believe the pigs recently discovered were among the ranks of the missing.

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