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Pot-bellied pig caught by Lee Sheriff’s Office going to auction
This little piggy is going to auction.
The third pig corralled by the Lee County Sheriff's Office in recent weeks but not claimed by anyone will get a new owner Friday when he is auctioned off at the Arcadia Small Animal Auction.
One pig was captured in Lehigh Acres a few months ago, and another was lassoed in late December after the sheriff's office was called in reference to a “very large pig rooting around in East Manor Mobile Home Park in North Fort Myers.”
The caller told deputies that “the pig was very docile and may be someone’s pet that got loose.”
The Lehigh Acres pig, the kind you usually see on a farm, will accompany its pot-bellied brethren to the auction. The North Fort Myers porker, also a farm-type pig, was reunited with its owners.
The same happy reunion wasn't in store for the mostly black pot-bellied pig found roaming around 51st Street W. and Olive Avenue North in Lehigh Acres on Jan. 21.
Residents had seen the 150-or-so-pound pot-bellied animal sauntering through the area for weeks. Sgt. David Drum corralled the hog, and the department turned the animal over to the LCSO's Agricultural Unit for safekeeping.
Come Friday someone will get the chance to take the animal home.
When animals recovered by the sheriff's office are not claimed within a few weeks or so they are put up for auction, said Sgt. Randy Hodges with the sheriff's agriculture unit. The agriculture squad will place ads seeking the owner and then announce an intention to take the lost animal to auction.
In the meantime, the deputies feed and water the animals.
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A similar situation played out three years ago with the same kind of pig.
A female pot-bellied pig was found roaming around and taken to the LCSO Agricultural Department at the Ortiz Avenue CORE jail facility.
An LCSO Facebook post on Feb. 17, 2015, said: "The inmates just came by to fill up her feed bin and give her water. She is in good health and will be bundled up for the cold nights ahead. Her owners have been notified and, if they do not claim her by Friday, she will be taken to auction and sold to a loving family who can take care of her."
That's what happened.
In the current case, the pot-bellied pig and the companion regular pig, both females, will get auctioned off.
"Prices could fluctuate," Hodges said. "It depends on the crowd."
He said previous pigs have sold for a few hundred dollars.
The sheriff's agriculture unit hasn't only taken pigs to market.
"We got a yak once," Hodges said. "We've gotten horses, sheep, cows, and pigs."
The sergeant said animals have been found and captured by his unit in school parking lots, shopping centers, and farmyards.
"You never know what you're going to get," he said.
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