She contacted Riverside County Animal Services in early December when the pig showed up for another visit. But the pig eluded a responding officer and the visits continued. Finally, Mrs. Snyder’s husband captured the pig on Tuesday (Jan. 2) and animal control officer Michael Cox responded to pick up the pleasant porcine.
The 1-year-old, 120-pound piggy is now at the Western Riverside County/City Animal Shelter awaiting his rightful owners to redeem him.
Mrs. Snyder said she feels bad that his owners just allow him to roam around and that she hopes that they fix their fence or, perhaps, someone else adopts him.
“He’s so pretty, so cute,” she said. “I don’t like him being mistreated like that.”
If the owners show up to claim the pig, an officer will do a yard check to make sure the property is secure for the pig to return home. If an owner does not redeem the pet, Riverside County Animal Services will work with one of its rescue partners to rehome the pig. In the past decade, the Southern California Association for Miniature Potbellied Pigs – or SCAMPP – has rescued dozens of stray pigs from Riverside County’s shelters.