Political pork on Primary Day? Loose pig pokes around at Pelham polls
PELHAM – A pudgy pig appeared at the polls in Pelham on Tuesday as voters were casting their ballots in the presidential primary.
The 600-pound porker escaped from a nearby farm where it was being boarded and surprised voters when it wandered around the parking lot Pelham High School.
Police were called to the area of Burns and Marsh roads around 9:08 a.m. for a report of a loose pig.
Officers arrived and found the pig on Marsh Road in the area of the high school.
The pig eventually made its way to the high school parking lot where voters were parking at the polls.
Police Capt. Stephen Toom said the pig spent about 40 minutes hanging out in the parking lot while officers tried to track down its owner.
Toom said officers learned that the pig was being boarded in Pelham but that its owner is from Lowell, Mass.
The pig tried to poke the police, but no one was injured.
“He was nudging with an open mouth, but there was no broken skin and no ripped clothing,” Toom said.
Officers helped corral the pig, but Pelham Sgt. Michael Pickles wasn't one of them.
The owner eventually came to the school and picked up the pig.
Toom admitted that a wayward pig was the last thing he was expecting on Primary Day.
He began preparing for the press calls as soon as he heard the first report of the pig at the polls.
“When I heard it going over the radio I said, ‘This is going to blow right up,'” he said with a laugh.