Pinecrest

Pinecrest pig chase: Kids, nanny, neighbors and cop join hunt for escaped pet

 

bvaldes@MiamiHerald.com

Stephanie Falcon is used to seeing macaws or peacocks on her lawn in Pinecrest — but never pigs.

“It was Sunday morning, we were all in the house and my 10-year-old daughter said, ‘Mom! There’s a pig in the front yard!” said Falcon, 45. “The whole family runs out and chases the pig down the street. This pig was huge and aggressive.”

The potbellied pig named Mud had escaped from a home on Southwest 63rd Lane on the morning of Sept. 22 while the owner was asleep.

“I have no idea how he escaped,” said Mud’s owner, 21-year-old Chris Granja. “He just magically disappeared.”

Officer Edison Cruz of the Pinecrest Police Department’s crime-suppression unit was monitoring the neighborhood when he received the call that a pig was being chased by dogs down the street. After searching for 30 minutes, Cruz found nothing.

But an hour later — after Falcon, her three kids, their nanny and a group of neighbors on Southwest 61st Court tried to capture Mud — Cruz received his second call about the elusive pig.

“We tried to corral him for about an hour up and down the street,” said Cruz. “Finally everyone was getting tired, and he was, too.”

The pig was eventually corned between two fences on 114th Street.

Neighbors threw a pool net over the pig while Cruz straddled the animal to hold it down. Cruz held Mud down for nearly a half-hour before back up arrived.

Falcon said a neighbor taped Mud’s mouth and legs together after he broke the string they originally tried to tie his legs with.

“This went on for two hours,” said Falcon. “Everyone was sweating … But it was super fun, and the kids had fun because it was safe and no one got hurt.”

The year-old, 200-pound pig was uninjured. He was sent home in the back of a police car.

Granja said Mud is staying in his enclosed pen indefinitely.

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