Santa Monica Police Reunite Escaped Pig With Owner

Friday, 28 Mar 2014, 9:06:00 AM

Brenton Garen

A pig the size of a medium sized dog put up a challenge as Santa Monica Police Department Park Rangers and Downtown Service Officers tried to capture it on Wednesday afternoon.
Courtesy of SMPD
A pig the size of a medium sized dog put up a challenge as Santa Monica Police Department Park Rangers and Downtown Service Officers tried to capture it on Wednesday afternoon.

A loose pig that had authorities on the run in Santa Monica on Wednesday

afternoon has been reunited with its owner.

The Santa Monica Police Department said the pig named Sophie, of Los Angeles, had been visiting a friend's house when she escaped.

The story began when SMPD Park Rangers and Downtown Service

Officers responded to the 500 block of the alley east of 10th Street at

about 4 pm Wednesday after multiple reports of a loose pig on the run.  

SMPD Community Service Officer Ed Burns said several residents in the area saw the pig

roaming around their neighborhood and called police to capture it.  

“This turned out to be more challenging than expected, because the

pig, which was about the size of a medium-sized dog, kept running away

every time officers tried to grab it,” Burns said.  

Burns said a park ranger also tried to snare the pig with a

come-along (see the pole apparatus in the second picture), but the animal was

strong enough to pull away and knock the ranger down in the process.  

“The pig was eventually cornered against a garage and safely placed

inside a cage, then transported to the Santa Monica Animal Shelter,” Burns said.

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