Pensacola police trying to wrangle a pig on the loose

Pig on the loose! Pensacola police capture runaway pig after hour-long chase near downtown.

A Pensacola Police Department officer apprehends a runaway pot belly pig on Spring Street on Tuesday.

A Pensacola Police Department officer apprehends a runaway pot belly pig on Spring Street on Tuesday.

At least five officers from the Pensacola Police Department spent about an hour Tuesday morning chasing a runaway pig just north downtown Pensacola.

“No warrants on the pig, don’t know why he’s running or where he came from,” PPD spokesman Officer Mike Wood said in a text message.

At least five officers from the Pensacola police Department spent about an hour Tuesday morning chasing a runaway pig just north downtown Pensacola.

“No warrants on the pig, don’t know why he’s running or where he came from,” PPD spokesman Officer Mike Wood said in a text message.

A runaway potbelly pig eludes capture as Pensacola police, animal control and code enforcement officers try to capture the animal Tuesday on Spring Street.
A runaway potbelly pig eludes capture as Pensacola police, animal control and code enforcement officers try to capture the animal Tuesday on Spring Street.

The five officers were joined in the chase by at least two animal control officers and two code enforcement officers.

“What we were trying to do is keep him north of Garden Street because if the pig ran out on to Garden Street, it could cause all sorts of problems,” Wood told the News Journal. “Garden Street is a busy street, and if he ran out onto Garden, the pig could get hit. So we were trying to keep him north of Garden until Animal Patrol could get there.”

The chase began at about 7:15 a.m. near the intersection of West Jackson and North Coyle streets. It ended when a field training PPD officer leapt onto and apprehended the pig at about 8:15 a.m. near the law offices of Ferry & Ferry close to the intersection of North Spring and West La Rua streets.

As of Tuesday morning, Wood said the pig was being kept in “protective custody.” The owner of the pig is asked to contact PPD at 850-435-1901.

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