BROCKTON—Loving the streets of Brockton was ultimately Porkchop’s undoing.
Porkchop, a lovable 125-pound potbellied pig, was simply caught too many times by animal control officers enjoying strolls down Silver Road, where he lives with owner Anthony Ruiz.
Porkchop is harmless, and a nice pig, Hanrahan said, but he shouldn’t be loose and now it has become a safety issue. The Board of Health decided earlier this month to revoke Ruiz’s pet pig permit and gave him until last Friday to remove Porkchop from the city.
But Ruiz said that as he was getting ready to transport Porkchop to a new home that day, city officials kidnapped the potbellied pig, put him in the city kennel, and filed a request in Brockton Housing Court to keep Porkchop until they could find a new home for him.
Now Ruiz is fighting to get Porkchop back so that he, not the city, can place him in a new home.