A pig that found its way to a local business, which happened to be trained in proper pig handling, has been returned to its owner.
The pig was caught by staff at Nalls Produce, a garden center located in the Kingstowne area, who turned the loose community pig over to the county’s animal control division.
“How odd that a pig is roaming loose in one of the only places in the area that has staff trained in the proper handling of pigs with pig feed in stock,” Nalls Produce wrote in a statement on social media.
The pig was returned to its owner after a community search, according to 2nd Lt. Kathleen Prucnal of the county’s animal protection police.
“Our officers occasionally encounter hogs in Fairfax County, and they prioritize public safety and animal welfare when they do. There were several calls received by dispatch over several days and we attempted to locate and confine the animal each time it was reported,” Prucnal wrote in a statement.
The Fairfax County Police Department advises anyone who encounters a loose pig to contact their non-emergency dispatch number 703-691-2131, although 911 should be used if it is an emergency situation.
Nalls Produce described the pig as a “full-sized young pig” rather than a “mini” like Penny, the pig owned by the business.