LINTHICUM, Md. (WJZ)—Anne Arundel County Animal Control has some unique visitors to its shelter: two potbelly pigs.
Andrea Fujii explains it was an adventure trying to lure them to safety.
These little piggies are getting some well deserved rest after living next to a Linthicum business park for at least a month.
“They were owned pigs and someone decided either they no longer wanted or could not properly care for,” said Robin Small, Anne Arundel County Animal Control.
Anne Arundel County Animal Control says the domesticated potbelly pigs weren’t capable of surviving on their own. But they had some help, like from shoe store workers next door.
“I’d pull over here in the morning and take a look at ‘em, and there’d be a pile of corn, tomato, lettuce,” said Will Jones, store worker.
“They would just play and tussle underneath the trees,” said Karen Gower, store manager.
Animal Control was notified the pigs were there next to a busy freeway. They caught the female last week, but the male took off into the woods. Animal Control tracked him down on Wednesday and tranquilized him before he could run off again.
The best friends, now aptly named Miss Piggy and Kermit, haven’t left each other’s side.
“We were not going to be able to keep them apart. He headed straight for her,” Small said.
These workers admit they’ll miss having their daily dose of swine.
“We’re happy that they’re going to be safe and with a family and taken care of,” Gower said.
The pigs will be ready for adoption in a few days and there is already a waiting list for them. Animal Control says they will be placed in a home where they will be pets.
If caught, the owners of the pigs could potentially face abandonment charges.