Riverside County

Aimless Oink, Oink Rescued from Streets

A little pig that ended up wandering the streets of Jurupa Valley, searching for other four-legged friends, was in a Riverside County animal shelter Wednesday, waiting for someone to claim him.

The 20-pound black-and-white pot-bellied pig was rescued Tuesday at an Agate Street residence where he'd showed up several times, making contact with two dogs belonging to George and Luana Snyder, who have lived in the area since 1976, according to John Welsh, the senior public information specialist with the Department of Animal Services.

"As soon as they see the pig, they start barking," Luana Snyder said of her canines. "He comes up to the fence to say 'Hi,' then sits down in front of them and then they stop barking." 

The 69-year-old woman said the pig's visits were always about daybreak, interrupting she and her husband's rest.

When the little 1-year-old piggy appeared again Tuesday morning, George Snyder captured him.

According to Welsh, the homeowner called animal services to take possession of the lost porcine, and an animal control officer took the pig to the Western Riverside County Animal Shelter in Jurupa Valley, where he underwent a veterinary exam and was placed in a pen.

Video clips of the pig are available here

Welsh said it's possible the creature escaped from a poorly fenced yard, and his owners are searching for him.

He will be housed at the shelter for a limited period of time.

However, if no one claims him, he will be released to the nonprofit Southern California Association of Miniature Potbellied Pigs, who have taken in dozens of pot-bellies seized by the Department of Animal Services over the last decade, according to Welsh.

The organization places pigs with vetted adopters, he said.

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