Dan Salazar/Silverton Standard & the Miner
Furman, Silverton’s maverick pot belly pig, is lured to a cage in the San Juan County Courthouse on Friday, Sept. 13.
The San Juan County Sheriff’s Office first received the report of a loose pot-bellied pig on Sunday, Sept. 8, but was unable to apprehend the suspect.
But after lunch on Friday, Sept. 13, San Juan County Assessor Dan Salazar was walking up Reese Street back to the County Courthouse when a Pabst Blue Ribbon beer truck passed by.
“The driver was hanging his head out the window and he asks me if that was a pot-bellied pig, pointing under Lisa Richardson’s truck,” Salazar said.
Salazar took a look and sure enough, it was a pot-bellied pig.
“So we get the pig to come out and the driver pets the pig. I tried to call Lisa but there was no answer,” Salazar said. “So I called the sheriff’s office.”
But dispatcher Melody Skinner did not know whose pig it was.
Meanwhile, the PBR truck driver fled the scene, and the pig followed Salazar back to the courthouse, nipping at his shoe laces.
“He follows me to the courthouse and walks right in the door,” Salazar said.
There was commentary regarding county pork-belly projects but soon Sheriff Sue Kurtz with her pet carrier corralled the maverick pig.
The pig was given dog treats and was soon reunited with its owner, who preferred to remain anonymous.