Pennsylvania Police Send Pet Pig to Farm, Man Wants it Back

In this April 13, 2011 photo, Bernadette Broadhurst and Brian Maguire display shirts in Ridley Township, Pa. Broadhurst and Maguire own a domesticated pig named Steve who was confiscated from them due to zoning rules in Ridley Township. The shirts shown are for sale to help with legal fees. (AP Photo/Philadelphia Daily News, Steven M. Falk)

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By Kelli Sutterman

FOLSOM, Pa. (AP) — A potbellied pet has been put out to pasture, much to the chagrin of its suburban Philadelphia owner.

Brian Maguire tells the Philadelphia Daily News he wants police to return the Vietnamese micro potbellied pig they captured when the animal escaped from his suburban yard. But police in Ridley Township say they've sent his 10-week-old pet, Steve, to a farm because township residents can't keep farm animals.

Maguire, a 24-year-old truck mechanic, says his domesticated pet can't forage for food.

He and his girlfriend challenge the police reading of the township pet rule. The law bans "farm animals other than customary pets." Maguire bought the pig for $424 at a local pet shop.

Township Commissioner Michael McCrea says he's not commenting on the case.

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