Thursday, October 25, 2012

A Lotta Hogwash


October 25, 2012
Brockton                              "Porkchop"
A pig's plight was the subject of a court hearing in Brockton Wednesday as an owner is trying to seek his pet's release from city officials.

Anthony Ruiz said his 3-year-old pot-bellied pig named "Porkchop" was taken by Brockton Animal Control officials Friday morning after many months of battling the city over having the pig at his home.

An animal control official confirmed yesterday that the pig was being held, but referred questions to the city’s Health Department. Health Department officials did not return requests for comment.

At a court hearing yesterday, Ruiz argued that he was in the process of relocating "Porkchop" to a friend’s Easton farm when animal control officials lured him away and took custody of him.

"I was never given an opportunity to remove the pig from Brockton because he was stolen," an upset Ruiz told Metro yesterday. "Now they’re holding my property and that’s unlawful."

Ruiz said a judge gave him until next week to secure paperwork that documents "Porkchop" would be allowed in his new town and legal under regulations. Only then would the pig be released, Ruiz said.

Ruiz said he's paid many citations in the past, consisting of $15 to $25, as the city has attempted to keep his pig penned. Recently, the city told Ruiz "Porkchop" had to leave the city by Oct. 19. He said he was getting ready to relocate the pig that morning and left him at his brother’s nearby yard to load up his car. That’s when "Porkchop" disappeared.

Some neighbors have complained about the pig's presence, but others have enjoyed having the swine around, Ruiz said.

"That pig brings a lot of joy to the city. I take that pig everywhere, car shows, I take him to work with me … I take him to the beach, people just enjoy him," Ruiz said. "They're wasting all this time and paperwork over nothing."                                                                                            

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