Hogging the sidewalk: Officers corral 2 pot-belly pigs on the loose in Richmond

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RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Some Richmond Animal Care and Control officers spent their morning not catching dogs or cats on the loose — but pigs.

RACC says two pigs — Penny and Patsy — were standing in Hopkins Road Friday morning. It took a couple of hours for officers to get the pigs safely in a trailer.

“Between us, the mounted unit, Richmond Animal Control and even Chesterfield Animal Control, we were able to wrangle the pigs,” Officer Allison Richie with Richmond Police said.

As it turns out, Officer Richie was the right person for the job.

“I actually worked at a veterinary clinic before this,” she said. “I think it kind of helped. I’m used to dealing with animals. Especially animals that don’t want to be helped.” 

“Shout out to the Richmond Police Department, especially the mounted unit for the use of their trailer and good pig catching skills,” RACC said on Facebook.

Residents posted photos to Reddit of the pigs wandering around the southside.

Photo from Reddit user u/tlong29

It’s unclear where the pigs came from or how they go out on the street. But for now, they’re safe — and fully fed.

“They definitely are dependent on one another,” officer Richie added.

RACC said the pigs are now up for adoption, but reminder: it’s illegal to own any kind of pig in the City of Richmond.

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