Missing Pet Pig Called Princess Slaughtered By Man Who Promised To Look After Her
You only call a pig 'Princess' when you definitely don't want to have it on your Sunday morning butties, don't you?
So you can only imagine how mortified this pig's owners were when their beloved family pet - a 400lb porker called Princess - was slaughtered by a neighbour after she went missing.
She decided to wander around the area and was spotted in a neighbour's yard by police who asked the man to keep an eye on the animal while they attempted to find her owner.
The man agreed to look after Princess - who was wearing no identification tags - but only an hour later, when the police returned, he had cut her up for meat.
Arcata Police Department Chief Brian Ahearn stood by the deal they made with the man, saying that they had reached a 'reasonable arrangement'.
He told the Lost Coast Outpost: "We were totally shocked and surprised to learn that the pig had been slaughtered. There was no reason to believe that that individual was going to do that."
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APD Lt, Todd Dockweiler, then explained to SFGate: "Believe it or not, that's not a super uncommon call for us. Obviously that was a bit of a shock to everyone involved.
"Given the stage of the butchering process he was in, he must have slaughtered the pig very shortly after the officer left.
"It's just a really bizarre case,' he added. 'It's just not clear what the thought process was. He obviously knew the pig didn't belong to him and he didn't have the right to slaughter it."
Princess' owner said she was upset that the police allowed a stranger to watch over her pig, adding: "He took it upon himself to give my animal away. And then it got butchered."
Carrie explained how she had raised Princess since she was a piglet. She had fed her using a bottle and she described her as a 'very sweet' pig who liked 'to be around people'.
Carrie's mum confronted the man as he was still cutting up the pig but he said she had 'no right to be on this property', according to Carrie.
The family are now fighting to retrieve Princess' meat. She has no plans to eat her pig, but doesn't want anyone else to either.
According to SFGate, slaughtering a pig that doesn't belong to you is a crime and officers are expecting to forward a criminal charge after the investigation is complete.
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