"When I came to the gate and I didn't hear them it didn't register at that point," Howell told WAVE.
“Usually when I rattle the gate you start hearing them talk,” she said.
Howell said, instead, she found both animals battered and bloodied.
"We open up the door and the first pig closest to the door was Honey and she was obviously gone," she said. "And then Pigrawk was back in the corner and he was gone."
A third pig, the younger offspring of Honey and Pigrawk named Gypsy, survived, but also sustained injuries, including bruising.
"They didn't deserve to die as brutally as this," Howell said in a post on social media. "They were gentle and loved by many."
Howell said she was so saddened and upset by the attack, but pledged to help her one surviving pig recover and to find out who did this to her pets.
Other animals have been attacked in the area recently, including a cat with its feet tied together found in the middle of the road, a dog that was stabbed repeatedly, according to the news station. Another dog was discovered with gasoline on it and a koi pond was poisoned.
“If it’s not one person doing this then we have several sick sadistic people,” Howell said.
A reward fund with $1,300 so far has been set up for information leading to those responsible for the attacks.