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Some pig

Owner says runaway pig is doing well after joy ride

By: Sarah Wojcik | Shelby - Utica News | Published June 2, 2015

 The pig admires a decorative lawn ornament on a resident’s property after escaping from a pen near 24 Mile Road and Van Dyke May 28.

The pig admires a decorative lawn ornament on a resident’s property after escaping from a pen near 24 Mile Road and Van Dyke May 28.

Photo provided by Mark Coil

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She enjoyed the car ride a little too well. She didn’t want to get out. She was happier than a pig in s---."

Brian Davis, Pig's owner

The grinning face of a free-spirited porker in the back of a police patrol vehicle sparked national attention and gave celebrity status to the approximately 8-month-old, 170-pound pig.

The pig, originally dubbed Daisy but who responds better to Pig Pig, escaped from her pen at a residence off 24 Mile Road, near Van Dyke, while her owners were at work at approximately 7 p.m. May 28.

After barreling toward a woman who was working outside her home on Wolf Drive, the next street over, Pig Pig became distracted by a decorative lawn ornament on the woman’s property. The woman dialed 911 but prefaced her call with a comical disclaimer that it was not an emergency and she hoped it was the right number to call, police said.

“We got two calls on it. One on a landline about a pig running at large, and the resident (who called 911),” Shelby Township Deputy Chief Mark Coil said. “Officer (Kevin) Treworgy and Sgt. (Lawrence) Rice used a dog pole and basically got it into the backseat of Officer Treworgy’s car without hurting or harming the pig.”

Coil said police transported the pig back to the station because they were not sure what they were going to do with it, but while police were attempting to find a solution, the owner, 32-year-old Brian Davis, called and said, “You might have my pig.”

After returning to the station, police noticed that the pig had defecated all over the back seats, floorboards and doors in the police car.

“(Davis) came down and he took his pig and said, ‘Oh boy,’ when he saw the backseat of the patrol car,” Coil said. “He volunteered to clean it for us.”

Davis said he and his roommate keep the pig in a pen outside. While they were at work, Pig Pig busted through the corner of it. Davis said he left work early and rushed to the Police Department to retrieve his pet.

“She enjoyed the car ride a little too well. She didn’t want to get out. She was happier than a pig in s---,” Davis said. “I got her out and was trying to get her in my car. She almost got away from me. I had a little wrestling match with her in the parking lot.”

He said he bought Pig Pig when she was about 6 weeks old and has owned her for about seven or eight months, but this was the first time she’d gotten out. He said she’s a good-natured animal who loves playing in the yard with his dogs.

Davis added that he planned to bring doughnuts or lunch to the Police Department to show his gratitude to the officers for securing and returning his pet.

“It is not OK to have a pig, according to the township ordinance, because a pig is not a domesticated pet,” Coil said. “In light of everything, (Davis) says he understands, but, at this point in time, we did not cite him for the pig at large.”

Davis, who plans to keep the pig, said that Pig Pig is back to normal, hanging out in the yard like nothing ever happened.

“So many people have been coming by who just want to take selfies with her,” he said. “We bought a truck and had to have it towed yesterday to the house, and the tow truck driver saw her and said, ‘Oh my God, it’s the famous pig!’”

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