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DURHAM -- Five loose pigs on Interstate 40 in Durham had drivers squealing and put some snouts out of joint Wednesday morning, but the episode ended with the rain-soaked, muddy porkers placed in the back of police cars and turned over to animal control. No charges were filed.

Motorists started calling Durham police about 8:20 a.m., saying pigs were in the highway on I-40 near I-540 and the Miami Boulevard exit, police spokeswoman Kammie Michael said. The incident backed up traffic.

Police and state troopers captured the pigs and turned them over Durham County Animal Control. "At this point, we do not know where the pigs came from," Michael said. "Some callers said the pigs fell off a truck, but officers have not located any truck or a driver." Michael said one pig had "minor lacerations." She said no accidents resulted from the commotion. Lt. Melinda Hester at the Durham County Animal Control office said the pigs had ear tattoos, which they tried without success to trace to the pigs' owner. She said the pigs might have fallen off a farmer's truck, but the tattoo numbers didn't match those in the N.C. Department of Agriculture's database.

Notices will be posted at the shelter and courthouse about the pigs. If no one has claimed them in 30 days, a second notice will be published for 20 days, then the swine can be sold at public auction to the highest bidder if they're still unclaimed.

The language of this article is horrible. Calling the pigs porkers and joking about snouts being put out of joint as if it is some big joke. The pigs were probably terrified. And that last paragraph about selling them again (reminds me of slaves being bought by auction after the middle passage), rrr..... Poor pigs. Perhaps the escaped some factory farm only to be caught and sold-back to their torturers. Their is no escape from human oppression.
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