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'Well-mannered' pig found abandoned in California

By Daniel Uria

July 5 (UPI) -- An animal shelter in California is searching for the owners of a "lovely" and "well-mannered" pig found abandoned near a local road.

Front Street Animal Shelter in Sacramento shared a photo of the black pot-bellied pig found wandering alone at an intersection.

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"Front Street's latest guest is a lovely well-mannered pot bellied pig," the shelter said. "This sweet girl is missing her family."

Gina Knepp, head of the shelter, told the Sacramento Bee the pig is "friendly" and "social" compared to other pigs that have come into the shelter after falling off trucks headed toward slaughterhouses.

"We've had domesticated pigs and the kind that have fallen off the truck on Highway 99 on the way to the butcher," she said. "The last one was a couple hundred pounds and not friendly."

Knepp said the shelter's most recent pig guest "went to town" on a muddy area staff created and behaves like a dog, wagging her tail and gently accepting treats.

Pot-bellied pigs are licensed to be kept as pets in Sacramento, but staff didn't find any identification or a microchip on the friendly pig.

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Knepp expected the pig's owners to pick her up within a few days, but worried they may not know to check the shelter for their missing pet.

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