After wandering out of their home and getting himself lost, the owners of Steve the potbellied pig, Brian Maguire and Bernadette Broadhurst (no not bratwurst), were horrified at the thought of what may have happened to their family pet. After contacting the Delaware County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Brian and Bernadette discovered that their pig had been found, but had subsequently been given away to a local farm.
The local police had picked up the pig, and also determined that it was not a legal household pet, hence their decision to send the pig to the farm. Much to the dismay of Brian and Bernadette, no matter how hard they plead with the police department they could not convince them that since they purchased the pig at a pet store, it was a legal pet to own. After days of desperation, they decided to begin a campaign through Facebook, urging friends and followers to join their cause and cry out for the pig’s return.
With diligence and time, the Broadhursts were able to finally locate the exact farm that Steve had been taken to, and reclaimed their pet. Although it may not be a permanent solution as the matter of the pig’s legality is still in the air, it would seem that for the time being Facebook has reunited the happy family.