Another unusual animal has lost its owner in Durham and may be on the auction block soon. This time it's Sally the pot-bellied pig.
Sally is what the porker is being called anyway. She’s not talking, which is why the Durham County Sheriff’s Office and the Animal Protection Society of Durham are looking for her owner.
Animal-control officers from the sheriff’s office found Sally in the 2500 block of Holloway Street, east of U.S. 70, when they answered a call about a stray animal on May 18, sheriff’s office Operations Director Brian R. Jones said Thursday.
Sally also needs a diet along with an owner, it appears.
Shafonda Davis, the society’s executive director, said Sally is “significantly overweight” at about 150 pounds.
So far, Jones said, Sally’s owner has not come forward, so she could have a new one come July.
“There are no laws related to housing a pot-bellied pig. At this time, the owner would not face a fine or citation,” Jones said in an email. Deputies would discuss a county ordinance against nuisance animals, Jones said, but a pot-bellied pig does not necessarily fall into that category.
The rules say that if no owner has sallied forth to claim the pig within 30 days of the stray-animal call, the sheriff’s office will publish an auction notice and take bids 20 days later.
Durham auctioned off a pygmy goat late last year after its owner could not be identified.
In 2013, a 125-pound ram whom deputies and caretakers dubbed Bubba was a media darling after his capture ended several months of cavorting in the southern part of the county.