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Playful pigs elude animal officers

Sept. 24, 2011 at 2:50 PM

ANNE ARUNDEL, Md., Sept. 24 (UPI) -- An administrator at Anne Arundel, Md., Animal Control said the agency was up against mission impossible: capturing two small potbelly pigs in an office park.

"Chasing down a pig can be impossible," said administrator Robin Small, The Baltimore Sun reported Saturday.

Be that as it may, animal control officers were able to use a net to capture one of two pigs that have taken up residence in the office park, but eluded captivity for nearly a month.

Officials said several people in the park have taken to aiding and abetting the fugitives.

"They're as cute as can be," said Karen Gower, a Red Wing Shoes store employee.

"They don't bother anyone," she said, adding that someone has been leaving food for the pigs in a shady spot scented with pine needles.

She did not name names, but smiled knowingly, the Sun said.

Susan Magidson, with 20 years experience rescuing potbelly pigs, is president of the Pig Placement Network. She said the best course of action was to capture the remaining pig, especially given its proximity to busy road.

Kimberly Silvestro a worker at Valley Lighting had another suggestion.

"We should put a fence up and keep them in," she said.

"They mostly play," she said.

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