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New home found for stray pig police picked up from neighborhood


Farm pet to reside at Lighthouse Farm Sanctuary in Scio

The saga of a stray pig Beaverton police officers picked up Thursday and transported to the Bonnie L. Hays Small Animal Shelter has a happy ending, now that the pig finding a new home at the Lighthouse Farm Sanctuary in Scio, a non-profit organization that cares for abused and neglected farm animals.

The pig was transported to his new home on Saturday morning.

“This is a very lucky pig,” says Debbie Wood, manager of Washington County Animal Services, where the pig stayed a couple nights after he was picked up near the intersection of Southwest Dale Avenue and Barlow Road.n “He’s definitely a young farm pig, and most likely faced a very uncertain future wherever he came from. Now he’ll be cared for and will live a long and happy life.” by: WASHINGTON COUNTY ANIMAL SERVICES - Beaverton picked up this pet pig on Thursday after residents saw him walking down the road. He is in custody of Washington County Animal Services until he is claimed by his owner.

Beaverton police and Washington County Animal Services are still seeking the owner of a the farm pig than ran astray and found Thursday. Responding to a report of a pig running loose, Beaverton police arrived around 11:20 a.m. Thursday and found the pig, described as approximately 2 feet tall and 3 feet long, corralled in the yard of a nearby resident, said Officer Mike Rowe, the Beaverton Police Department spokesman.

Another officer who was a member of Future Farmers of America when he was younger, used his animal-handling knowledge to load the pig into the department's transport van. Officers transported the pig to the Bonnie L Hayes Small Animal Shelter, at 1901 S.E. 24th Ave., in Hillsboro. He was housed in a dog kennel in the shelter's isolation area until the new opportunity arose at Lighthouse Farm.

Lisa Battan, 4-H Leader at the Alpenrose Dairy Discovery Farm in Southwest Portland, coordinated transportation with the help of three 4-H kids, who wrangled the pig into his transportation crate.

“Abbie Reisman, Jonah Hart and Coby Hart herded the pig through our lobby and into a crate,” Wood says. “They were great, and the pig seemed calm and happy. We were all really impressed with them.

“We love how this community came together for this animal,” she adds. “It was a collaborative effort to find this pig a happy ending. It’s just been great.”

Officers believe the pig came from a residence in the Beaverton area. With the exception of female chickens, residents aren't permitted to keep farm animals within Beaverton city limits.

Anyone with information on the owner of this pig is asked to contact the Beaverton Police Department at 503-629-0111 or the Bonnie L. Hayes Animal Shelter at 503-846-7041.

This story was updated at 4:40 p.m. Saturday to include information about a new home being found for the stray pig.