Second pig found at property owned by hoarder

Another property owned by a recently deceased hoarder and another pig discovered.

FOX 2 reported last Friday on a pig trapped in a house Gary Roquemore owned in Detroit which police took hours to free. Now pet detectives have saved a second swine being kept secretly in Highland Park. 

Neighbors had no idea there was a pig living in a building on Oakman near Hamilton in Highland Park but stashed away, a soiled-up sow stuck in the back - possibly for years.

Roquemore was a one-time candidate for Wayne County Commissioner and a known hoarder. He died last week of natural causes and neighbors alerted police of the 400-pound pig in a house on Orangelawn.

On Monday police received another tip came in that he had another pig in another of his abandoned properties. 

With one look inside his family is now learning how big of a problem their father had.

"My dad liked things and wanted to give things to the community," said Arianna, his daughter. "He always felt the need to collect things."

But she never suspected farm animals.

After a couple hours using carrots and apples, Highland park police and fire were able to convince the swine to come out. But when it was time for the rescue, FOX 2 called The Devoted Barn in Newport.

They were able to save the first hog - they've affectionately named Sunshine.

And soon this sow, which Melissa Borden says is about 300 pounds and in worse condition, will join her on the farm for neglected and abused animals.

"He's going to go same as the other pig," Borden said. "He is going to go into our stalls and have a couple days, or a week to decompress. Then we'll make sure he's healthy. He looks in worse condition. He looks a little skinnier, a bit more ragged."

Borden said she set up fresh water and the pig "did not know what to do."

Investigators do not suspect there are any more pigs stashed anywhere.


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