Most of the residents of the North Central animal shelter in Lincoln Heights are dogs and cats. But this past week, the shelter was also home to a 17-pound pig. It’s not the first time a pig has found a place at the shelter, which has barnyard area for the occasional horse, goat, sheep, chicken and pig that turns up, said shelter employee Anna Hernandez. This male black and brown pig arrived at last month at the North Central Care Center after being transferred from city shelter in West Los Angeles, which cannot accommodate live stock. The pig was described as a stray but Hernandez is not so sure. “People don’t want to say they are giving up their own animal,” she said. “They are cute when they are small. Then they get big and expensive.”
The sheltered pig, which was fed animal feed in addition to fruits and vegetables, did not have a name but Hernandez described him as “friendly.” On Wednesday, the North Central Animal staff bid farewell to the the friendly pig, which was adopted by an animal rescue group.
Photo by Los Angeles Animal Services/North Central Division