Officer goes face-to-face with pet pig
PINECREST, Fla. (WSVN) -- He was trained to handcuff a suspect, but one Pinecrest police officer learned firsthand how to hogtie.
"He did take us for quite a little route around the streets. Everybody got a chuckle out of it," Officer Edison Cruz of the Pinecrest police department said.
The Village of Pinecrest become a pig sty, at least it would have, if this curious creature had anything to say about it. Now, a police officer turned ranch hand, spoke out after helping to round up Mud, a 200-pound pot-bellied pig.
Mud escaped from his enclosure behind a home on Southwest 63rd Avenue while his owner slept. "We were basically patrolling the area for criminal activity, and we had a call that there was a pig loose in the area," Cruz said.
A family spotted the pig, and the chase was on. "My daughter was looking out the window, and she said, 'Mom! There's a huge pig in the front yard.'" Stephanie Falcon said.
Falcon's dog did his best to corral him, but Mud proved quite tough to catch. Cruz joined the pursuit, using a large pool net to help trap the pig.
Two hours later, Mud ended up cornered between two fences and was tied up. Officer Cruz using his weight to hold him down until animal experts arrived. "We just jumped on him," Cruz said. "He was a good, strong little pig there, put up a good fight."
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