Pet pig 'Bacon' reunited with teenage owner in Arlington



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Posted on March 25, 2014 at 10:43 PM

Updated Wednesday, Mar 26 at 10:16 AM

ARLINGTON -- The search for a pot-bellied squealer named "Bacon" has come to a happy end for one very anxious 17-year-old girl.

Sandy Jimenez was reunited with her pet pig at Arlington Animal Services late Tuesday afternoon.

"I couldn't sleep last night. I was like, shaking," Sandy said when she heard the news the pig was OK.

On Friday, Arlington police were called to a house off Kent Drive in the eastern part of town. A native New Yorker named Jeff had found the pot-bellied pig munching around his garage when he was working on his Harley-Davidson motorcycle.

"[I] had to take a picture. People were gonna think I was drunk if I called up my wife and said, 'There is a pig in the yard or garage,'" he said.

Initially, Jeff admits his thoughts were leaning toward a pig roast.

"He looked like he could be pretty good on the grill," he said with a laugh.

But eventually, he called police, who brought over animal services.

After no one stepped forward to claim the pet over the weekend, police posted an all pigs bulletin on Twitter and Facebook. Sandy realized soon after that it was her Bacon.

"I was crying... Just hoping someone found her," she said.

Animal services said it's had about 20 pigs show up over the years, although none quite as friendly as Bacon.

Unlike cats and dogs, animals like pigs aren't required to be chipped if they live within city limits.