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Little pig finds a new home

Courtney Astolfi • Apr 20, 2014 at 12:11 PM

The “pig at large” found on Sandusky’s west end earlier this week has found a new home — and may soon have a new girlfriend.

A Wilson Street man came across the 60-pound pot-bellied pig running loose Monday night and contacted Sandusky police.

Officers took it to Hermes Farms on Mason Road to stay the night, but on Thursday, Mike and Kristi Hermes agreed to adopt him permanently.

The decision came after the pig’s former owner, Morgan Graham of Norwalk, reached out to police after reading a story about him in Wednesday’s Register.

“So I went ahead and called the police station and let them know what happened. I was worried for his well-being” Graham told the Register. Graham had placed an ad on Craigslist, looking for someone to take on her 6-month-old pet, “Oinkers” Graham said.   “We had him for awhile, but we moved and didn’t have yard room for him anymore,” Graham said.

A Sandusky woman Graham only knew as “Tabby” soon responded to the ad.

On Monday, Tabby went to Graham’s home and picked Oinkers up.

“She said her daughter has been wanting one and she had three kids who were excited. I thought Tabby would be OK, she had a nice fenced in yard,” Graham said.

Just hours later, however, Oinkers was seemingly abandoned. Officers called Tabby’s number.

Police put Graham and the Hermes’ in touch on Thursday, and they decided Oinkers would stay at the farm.

“(Mike) told me he was doing really good. He’s doing well on the farm and he’s been welcomed into the barn. They’re even looking for a companion for him,” Graham said.

“It could’ve worked out a whole lot worse, but it didn’t,” Graham said. “He’s on a good farm and it sounds like he’s got a lot of little friends — chickens and cows — to run around with”

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