Nobody knows where “Coco Chanel” came from, but the pig snared in a residential neighborhood by West Seneca police now is making herself at home at the SPCA Serving Erie County in the Town of Tonawanda.
Officers were dispatched Wednesday morning to Garry Drive on a report of a loose pig chasing after people. Using a snare pole, officers caught the pig as she approached them.She’s believed to be a young Vietnamese pot-bellied pig, weighing 35 to 40 pounds.
SPCA farm manager Sheila M. Foss started calling the pig Coco Chanel, after her cocoalike coloring. The pig appears in very good health and is “very social,” Foss said. “She’s doing great here.”
A domesticated animal used primarily for food, the pot-bellied pig has joined the ranks of household pets in the last few decades. Municipal zoning laws dictate where they’re welcome.
“They do make a wonderful farm pet. Some people do have them in their homes,” Foss said. But their size – they can weigh 100 to 150 pounds when fully grown – and household flooring eventually make that option less attractive. “Ideally,” Foss said, “we find that a farm home works best.”
Pot-bellied pigs are known to be highly trainable – to the point of using a litter box.
This pig’s status at the SPCA is that of a conventional stray. Anyone with information on the pig or who’s interested in adopting her, should call 875-7360.