August 20, 2014

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250-pound pot-belly pig found in back seat of stolen car

YOUNGSTOWN — Police in northeast Ohio made a curious discovery after finding a stolen car — a full-grown pot-belly pig in the back seat.

Police reports said officers responding to a call about an abandoned car Monday found the Nissan Cube with air bags deployed, two flat tires and heavy damage to the front end. And there was a 250-pound pot-belly pig named Penelope in the back seat.

The Vindicator reports that officers had the car towed with the pig inside.

The owner, who lives in Pennsylvania, was contacted and said she was visiting a friend in Youngstown. She said she did notice the vehicle — and the pig — missing but thought the “kids took it.”

Police contacted animal welfare workers, and they continue to look for the thief.