Massive Runaway Pig Lured Back Home With Poppin’ Jalapeños Doritos

Quick-thinking deputies made the animal an offer he just couldn't refuse.

October 19, 2018

Officer luring pig with Doritos [San Bernadino County Sheriff's Department]

Officer luring pig with Doritos [San Bernadino County Sheriff's Department]

By: Aaron Rasmussen

HIGHLAND, CA — Clever deputies used a tempting trail of chips to lure home a giant pig desperate to make a break for it.

On October 13, the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department said they received a call “regarding a large pig, resembling a small horse, walking on the streets.” When Deputies Shelly Ponce and Ashleigh Berg “arrived at the incident location, they located the pig but had no way to gain control of the animal.”

Due to previous calls, noted the department, the two officers “knew where the pig lived and devised a plan.”

Deputy Ponce “used Doritos she had in her lunch and started the trail to lead the pig home.”

Turns out the adventurous animal, which the women nicknamed “Smalls,” was a sucker for the snack brand’s Poppin’ Jalapeños flavor.

“We were able to put him back in [his yard] and secure the gate,” said Ponce. “It was fun!”

The good-natured San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department later boasted on Facebook they “do it all” — from “crime fighting to safely securing a mini horse sized pig.”

Officials even had a sense of humor about the obvious references those following the wild ordeal could have made. “Thanks for all the love guys!” they posted. “And for taking it easy on us with the pig jokes.”

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