Farm Animal Friday: Shelby Twp. cops pick up big pig

Fridays are for farm animals. For the second week in a row, a police department in metro Detroit has rounded up a farm animal - this time it's a big pig!

The pig, named Pig, had somehow gotten loose and was on the run. 

The Shelby Township Police Department got the call Thursday to a report of a pig running loose near 24 Mile and Wolf Drive (sweet irony!). The responding officers arrived, wrangled Pig and eventually got him into the cop car! 

That was apparently the easy part. He left a huge mess in the backseat of the cruiser, because, you know, he's a pig! That's what the do! You'd probably be this happy looking too if you left that mess for someone else to clean up!

The good news is that the owner of the pig picked it up from the station and even cleaned out the police car.

The calls started coming into central dispatch at about 7 p.m. Thursday. A pig had escaped from her pen on 24 Mile Road.

The humor was not lost on Deputy Chief Mark Coil.

"I've heard them all," he said. "Pigs and pigs, pigs capturing bacon, what's for dinner.

"Shelby Township has that 'Ark-feel' - we seem to have animals at large of all types and varieties."

A dog pole was used to direct the pig into the police car where it made a mess.

"It became a biohazard relatively quickly," Coil said. "Luckily for the department and the officers the owner volunteered and cleaned the car for us."

"I just want to say thanks to the Shelby Township police for getting the pig and not writing me a ticket for having poop in the car," said owner Brian Davis.

Davis said he plans on bringing coffee and doughnuts to the officers who helped return his prized pet.

Just last week, the Oakland County Animal Control picked up a goat left tied to a fence near 13 Mile and Orchard Lake.

All photos courtesy: Shelby Township.

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