SAN ANTONIO – A San Antonio animal shelter had double the trouble after picking up a pair of pigs that were found roaming freely in city limits.
According to Animal Care Services, “Thing 1″ and “Thing 2″ were picked up Thursday after a Good Samaritan found the roaming pigs and kept them in the backyard of a vacant home in a neighborhood south of Pleasanton Road and West Harding.
The pair join two other pigs being housed at ACS, bringing the total to four pigs.
Tammy, one of the other pigs at ACS, was picked up on Nov. 18 after she was found roaming in a neighborhood off of Five Palms and Old Pearsall Road. Her owner was not located and she’s been at the shelter ever since.
Just three days later, Babe was found after being cornered by police in the 900 block of WW White, according to ACS. Babe is still residing at the shelter.
The search for the pigs’ owners is still ongoing. However, despite their piggly cuteness, and pudginess, ACS is reminding residents that pigs are still banned from San Antonio under city ordinance.
“It shouldn’t come as a sow-prise that, just like dogs, it’s illegal for pigs to roam the streets too,” ACS said. “We know we’ve had to swine about this before but at the risk of boaring you, we’ll remind you owning a pig within the San Antonio city limits is against the law. It has been for years...”
The city ordinance states that it is “unlawful to keep or maintain swine, including pot-belly pigs, within the City.” This includes any type of pig and regardless of its shape or size, the fine is likely to be hefty.
According to ACS, the ordinance violation is considered a Class C misdemeanor and is punishable by fines that average around $300.
ACS said all of the pigs will be housed at the shelter until they can be placed outside of city limits.
You can read more on the city’s ordinance here.