Neighborhood hopes to return ‘notorious’ pig to owner

Published Sep 21, 2018 at 11:59am

A pig is on the loose in East Rome.

The pig, a juvenile, is the pet of a young man in the neighborhood bounded by Floyd Avenue, Roosevelt Avenue, Healy Street and Harding Boulevard.

Neighbors say they first saw the pig in that area three days ago, and that he is tearing up lawns, apparently rooting for food.

The pig is not hard to find, residents say, but rather, hard to catch. A neighborhood homeowner who wished not to be named is leading the volunteer search party, which aims to trap the pig humanely.

So far, the homeowner said, the traps have only turned up a pair of unfortunate skunks. Larger traps were brought this morning to the Floyd Avenue yard believed to be the pig’s preferred habitat.

The homeowner said they are working with the owner of the animal, who also desired to remain anonymous.

So far as residents can tell, the swine is comfortable on Floyd Avenue’s southern end and has not yet crossed the street. Relatively high traffic on Floyd Avenue and nearby East Garden Street have some neighbors concerned for the animal’s safety. The homeowner leading the trapping effort asked that drivers be aware of the pig, and that pedestrians not chase it.

The city is aware of the issue, and residents said police had been in the area on pig-related business earlier in the week.

Officials with Animal Control have said that livestock-related matters are handled by Code Enforcement, but that department has said there isn’t much to be done. Codes, say officials, is tasked with regulating the housing of livestock and is not equipped to catch the pig.

The pig has garnered a following on Facebook, and users are continuing to update the animal’s last known whereabouts.

The homeowner leading the search noted that the pig owner did not make the posts that would give the hog his notoriety. “Yeah, that’s stupid,” said the homeowner of the pig’s viral status.