April 8, 2015
A Michigan family is seeking justice after their 2-year-old miniature pot belly pig, Caesar, was shot and killed by a US Department of Natural Resources officer who claimed he “felt threatened” last week.
The 15-inch-tall and 30-pound pet pig had been mostly an indoor pet, until the family chose to move to a more rural area in the state’s Upper Peninsula with spacious land for their two dogs and Caesar to roam freely and safely. They now intend to move back to their old house.
The family became concerned on April 2, when the pig did not return home even after they shook a cereal box which usually sends him running back. The ground was soft, so they followed the small animal’s hoof prints down their driveway and onto the dirt road where they discovered a puddle of blood and drag marks just feet off of their property line.
The following day, an officer arrived at the family’s house. Excited that he may be bringing them information on Caesar’s whereabouts, the couple ran over to the door.
"Actually, I am responsible for the missing pig…" the officer began. They asked him what he meant and the officer stated, "he came out of the woods at me running at a trotting pace and I felt threatened so I shot and killed him.”
Tony Gervasi and Brandy Savelle, the owners of tiny black pig, were in disbelief.
Caesar was about 15" tall with legs that are about 6" long, 30lbs. Not much bigger than a Boston Terrier.
So .... another one of our heroic boys-n-blue defends himself from a raging wild animal. Don't you just feel much safer with this brave man on our streets?