Runaway Piglet Pursued By Crowd In Mission District

A runaway piglet stopped traffic in San Francisco’s Mission District this morning, according to Animal Care and Control officials.

The piglet was reported running in traffic in the area of 19th and Dolores streets this morning between 7 and 7:30 a.m., and by the time animal control officers arrived on the scene a crowd had gathered to try to catch her, according to Animal Care and Control spokeswoman Deb Campbell.

The piglet, who has since been dubbed “Janice,” was eventually captured by Brother Damian with the Society of Saint Francis, a nearby Franciscan society.

“Only in San Francisco could a wayward piglet expect to be rescued by a representative of the Patron Saint of Animals,” Campbell noted.

The pig is doing well and resting comfortably this afternoon. No one has come forward to claim her yet, but if she is not claimed in five days she will likely be turned over to a rescue group, officials said.

Sara Gaiser, Bay City News

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