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Sheriff to auction off a found pig

A pot-bellied pig picked up by Henderson County animal enforcement officers will be auctioned off to the highest bidder, the sheriff says.

The animal enforcement unit of the sheriff's office responded to a call on May 15 that a pig had been found at a pond at 2129 Locust Grove Road.

"We have had a couple of pigs wandering around lately," Maj. Fank Stout said. "This is the second pig we’ve had in a couple of months. I think the last one sold for a dollar."

"I don’t know if it’s Petunia or if dresses out at 240 pounds or 120 pounds," he said. "We don't know where it came from. There's always speculation that somebody just turned it loose in a remote area, got tired of taking care of it."

Pursuant to N.C.G.S. 68-20 the pig will be sold at public auction to the highest bidder. Bidding starts at $25. The public auction will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, June 13, at Animals R Us, 725 Crest Road. Sheriff Charlie McDonald announced the sale in the June issue of The Guardian, a monthly newsletter.