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Semi-Truck Crash Kills, Frees Hundreds of Piglets in Ohio

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Loose pigs in Xenia, Ohio

Photo credit: Micah Riffle

Last week, Michigan police found and arrested a runaway pig (and then had to reupholster their squad car’s back seats as a result). Tonight, police in Southwestern Ohio are leading a much larger manhunt pighunt, after a semi-truck crash led to hundreds of piglets being let loose in Greene County.

Xenia, Ohio—a city known primarily for being the victim of a terrible tornado in 1974, and being the victim of a terrible movie in 1997—was the site of the piglet massacre. A semitrailer traveling on US Route 35 West was carrying roughly 2,200 feeder pigs, approximately 300 to 400 of which were killed in the crash.

Police officers and area farmers arrived on the scene to rescue the surviving pigs… so that, you know, they could be safely slaughtered.

Many of the other piglets, however, escaped into the woods, and some may never be found.

“Probably we’ll never get a hold of them,” Xenia Township Fire Chief Dean Fox told the Dayton Daily News. “We’ll try as hard as we can, but we probably won’t retrieve them all. I can’t say what will happen to the pigs.

“If somebody finds a pig and wants to turn it in, call the local law enforcement and we’ll try to take care of it,” Fox added.

Notice that Fox recommended contacting local law enforcement only “if somebody… wants to turn it in,” implying that if you find a roaming piglet, you could always just keep it. Piglets are awfully cute/delicious.

The driver—who will be cited with failure to maintain control of a vehicle—was traveling with his fiancé, who has been hospitalized after being injured in the accident.

News Source: Dayton Daily News