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Pet pig spreads scabies to local family

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When Louise Robertson purchased a pet pig at the Georgia State Fair this fall, she never thought it would infect her family with scabies.

"Terrible itching, a horrible rash," Robertson said.

The scabies, a parasitic mite that lays eggs in your skin. The scabies spread to Robertson her 86-year-old mother, and her two Godchildren who are 7 and 8 years old.

"It was scary and it was awful for them, it was very traumatic and it itches so bad, they were super traumatized by it," Robertson said.

She bought the pot-bellied pig from a company called Farm Animal Specialists. That company is based out of Arkansas and is owned and operated by Connie and Bunky Boger.

When Robertson said she purchased the pig at the Georgia State Fair on Nov. 3 for $150 she was never told by the Bogers the pig was sick.

"They told me he was fit and eating on his own, and could eat on his own," Robertson said.

CBS Atlanta's Mike Paluska spoke to Connie Boger over the phone. Boger claimed that none of her pigs were sick and that she was never told by the Georgia Department of Agriculture to stop selling pigs.

"This is the first I am hearing any of this," Boger said.

A representative with the agriculture department said an inspector did tell the Bogers to stop selling pigs after someone complained that one of their pigs was sick.

Robertson said it cost her $700 in veterinary fees to save Goji's life. She wants to tell her story to make sure other families are more cautious around livestock, or when purchasing a pet for the family.

Robertson said she had intense itching and a rash on her arm for more than three weeks.

"I don't think they should be at the Georgia State Fair," Robertson said. "Because, if they threaten the public's health and safety with diseased animals, they shouldn't be at the fair at all."

A representative with the state's agriculture department said not to buy any animals from vendors who aren't licensed with the state of Georgia.

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