Deputies wrangle abandoned pig in Florida neighborhood

By Ben Hooper  |  Nov. 20, 2017 at 9:20 AM
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Nov. 20 (UPI) -- Sheriff's deputies in Florida wrangled a loose pig that was abandoned by its owner, who fled from an arrest warrant.

The Marion County Sheriff's Office posted a photo to Facebook showing Deputies Pettit and Mimosa posing with the pig they were called to capture Sunday morning.

"So, before anyone starts with the 'cop/pig' jokes, we've already heard them all and frankly at this point, we would only give a fake smile at them so we wouldn't hurt anyone's feelings," the post said.

The sheriff's office said the deputies were able to guide the pig away from a roadway and they made contact with neighbors in the hopes of identifying the animal's owner.

"After waking up a few neighbors, we were told that the pig's owner had abandoned him because he has an arrest warrant (the owner, not the pig)," the Facebook post said. "This 'Wandering Wilbur' gladly accepted some food from the deputies and followed them like a puppy dog while waiting for Animal Control to pick him up."

The sheriff's office said deputies are hoping the pig's owner turns himself in and the animal finds a new home with someone who won't abandon it.

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