updated 11/12/2010 10:54:20 AM ET 2010-11-12T15:54:20

State officials are planning to euthanize about 400 pigs who have been quarantined for an infectious disease at an animal sanctuary since 2005.

A court order granted the Flagler County State Attorney's Office custody of the pigs Tuesday. The animals have lived on a sanctuary in central Florida for more than a decade. Local officials tried for months to get the facility to comply with regulations or shut down.

A spokesman for the Florida Department of Agriculture says there is concern the pigs may have an infectious disease caused by bacteria that can be transmitted to people. Symptoms can be flu like, but can progress to something more serious.

Lory Yazurlo, who runs the sanctuary, says the pigs never tested positive for the bacteria.

Officials said the pigs will be euthanized within a week.


Information from: Orlando Sentinel, http://www.orlandosentinel.com

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