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Crowley woman rescues pet pig during Hurricane Laura

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Posted at 8:53 PM, Sep 10, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-10 22:34:43-04

Thousands in Southwest Louisiana remain displaced after Hurricane Laura, including many animals.

Some of those animals were rescued in Laura's aftermath and are now getting used to their new digs.

Gus, a 200-pound pot-bellied pig, made it from Sulphur to Crowley.

Lynette Guidry, who's currently fostering Gus, says his owner was recovering from emergency surgery upon evacuating and left Gus behind at their home in Sulphur.

"When I saw a post on social media, on Facebook, it was the Hurricane Laura Aftermath group, and she was pretty much pleading for someone to help her get Gus," explained Guidry.

With the help of her uncle, who's a sheriff's deputy, she was able to rescue Gus from the deteriorating home.

"The line poles were down. We had to be very careful because it was before the linemen could even get there," said Guidry. "Once I met up with my uncle, we had to put [Gus] in a dog kennel to get him in the back of our truck. We had to ask random strangers to help lift him, but we made it work."

Once they retrieved Gus, Guidry had to figure out a place for Gus to stay.

"By that time, I had called around, asking friends and family for help," said Guidry. "We were still out of electricity, so no one was able to come through. So, at the last minute, I was like, 'Well, he's just going to have to stay in my backyard."

Guidry says adding Gus to the mix was a little rocky at first, but he is now fitting in well.

She's now focused on making sure his owner can visit him.

"She sees him almost every day until she can get back to her home because it is destroyed," said Guidry. "She's going to probably have a six-month building process to rebuild her home, and I'm trying to help ease the transition with him."

Gus's owner is currently staying in a rental home, and Guidry say she will make sure Gus is well taken care of until his owner gets back on her feet.

Guidry is now expanding her efforts to help people affected by the storm. She's currently collecting donations and distributing them in the Sulphur area. If you would like to make a donation, she is on Venmo under the username lynette-guidry and on PayPal under the username lynguid