August 11, 2016
About four months ago, Batesville Animal Control Officer Jeff Pender received an animal call.
It’s not an unusual occurrence. Pender gets calls several times a week, whether it be wandering cats and dogs or wildlife, like raccoons and possums, that have decided to take up residence at someone’s house.
But this call was about something else entirely. Residents called in about pigs roaming free in the city, particularly, pot-bellied pigs.
“It was an after-hours call,” Pender said. “The caller was laughing. He said, ‘There is a pig running loose.’ He said he was surprised that we had pigs in the city and I said, ‘We’re not supposed to.’”