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December 9, 2009


Wayward pig is nabbed in Waterford

By Stephen Chupaska

Publication: The Day

Published 12/09/2009 12:00 AM
Updated 12/09/2009 06:39 AM
Tim Cook/The Day
Waterford police Officer Tim Silva, right, struggles to control a pig running loose on Cross Road in Waterford on Tuesday. The pig was finally corralled by police after snarling traffic for about 20 minutes.
Porker snarls traffic along busy Cross Road while giving police, animal officer the run-around

Waterford - Apologies to E.B. White, but this really is some pig.

At around 12:40 p.m. Tuesday, Waterford police received several calls from motorists saying a brown pig was wandering around Cross Road between Boston Post Road and Interstate 95.

The pig stymied traffic for about 20 minutes while officers tried to capture it.

Officer Tim Silva, who was first on the scene, managed to corral the female pig and tie it to a utility pole with some help from Animal Control Officer Robert Winters.

"Tim did a great job," Winters said.

Winters said the pig didn't damage anything while it was loose.

"It was upset," he said. "It was looking for some food."

Eventually, volunteers from the Secchiaroli Piggery in Waterford arrived to take the pig, estimated to weigh at least 300 pounds, away from the scene.

Jonathan Secchiaroli declined to comment on the pig's capture.

Winters is still trying to determine just who owns the pig and whether any fines or charges will be levied.

"It depends on if the pig wasn't being held properly," Winters said. "But other pigs destroy their pens."

First Selectman Daniel Steward, whose family once operated a dairy farm in town, said that for him Tuesday's pig episode serves as a reminder.

"Waterford is a farming community," he said. "Sometimes animals get out."

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wylie Posted - December, 9, 2009 11:38 AM

OMG!!! How could anybody get past Grade School and not be familiar with, "Charlotte's Web"??? I could see maybe not remembering the author's name (E.B. White), but when you are given such a clue as. "...some pig" a little lightbulb should have gone on. C'mon people. That's why extension cords in this country are sold with instruction tags on them. What are we teaching (err, not teaching) kids in this country?

BTW. The sow got away this time. But tell her, that the next time she gets loose, we'll call Russell's Ribs.

Also BTW. That was pretty brave of Officer Silva. She could have easily have been an angry pig and caused some bodily damage. She's fast heavy and has teeth. Hopefully, someone had his back to lay down some suppressing fire if needed.

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Joe Posted - December, 9, 2009 11:36 AM

"Waterford is a farming community"????? Yeah, if you're growing shopping malls!!!

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DJD_NL Posted - December, 9, 2009 10:36 AM

To Str8.
Actually the Day writers seem to assume a level of basic knowledge that you seem to have missed. E.B. White was the author of "Charlotte's Web" among other works. Wikipedia: Charlotte's Web is an award-winning children's novel by acclaimed American author E. B. White, about a pig named Wilbur who is saved from being slaughtered by an intelligent spider named Charlotte.... The novel tells the story of a pig named Wilbur and his friendship with a barn spider named Charlotte. When Wilbur is in danger of being slaughtered by the farmer, Charlotte writes messages praising Wilbur (such as "Some Pig") in her web in order to persuade the farmer to let him live.

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Gossip Posted - December, 9, 2009 10:32 AM

despite the removed comment, go getter was able to have his/her message content leave a bad taste among many. better to ignore those, rather than give them the satisfaction of being 'noticed'. anyway, pigs are one of the smartest critters humans have 'domesticated', other than themselves. but that isn't always sucessful every time either. pigs or humans. ;-))

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John Yannacci, Sr. Posted - December, 9, 2009 10:21 AM

I thought it was a Smart Car. By the way, I believe that Officer Silva is on the left. Re-hire your proof reader.

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Gossip Posted - December, 9, 2009 10:20 AM

despite the removed comment, go getter was able to have his/her message content leave a bad taste among many. better to ignore those, rather than give them the satisfaction of being 'noticed'. anyway, pigs are one of the smartest critters humans have 'domesticated', other than themselves. but that isn't always sucessful every time either. pigs or humans. ;-))

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Brainless Republican Posted - December, 9, 2009 10:15 AM

Judge Handy got out again!

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str8 Posted - December, 9, 2009 09:54 AM

One really has to wonder if The Day has any proof readers, and if so did they get past the 6th grade ? Who the hello is E.B. White ?
"Apologies to E.B. White, but this really is some pig."

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str8 Posted - December, 9, 2009 09:39 AM

I think GO GETTER should GET GOING,
But I must say this, the caption under the photo needs to be corrected.
Waterford police Officer Tim Silva, right, struggles to control a pig running loose on Cross Road in Waterford on Tuesday.

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belgiumdawn Posted - December, 9, 2009 09:38 AM

Ignore people like Go Getter........... stupid people stupid comments just don't deserve our thoughts.... they are useless in life!

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Yolanda Posted - December, 9, 2009 09:10 AM

I resent your comment Go Getter. I have family members that are police officers,local. I hope there are no charges filed.Thank god they were able to save him. He did not look like he was deprived of food.If it is a pen problem,perhaps the community can get together to help reinforce the pen. This goes to show you what law enforcement deals with,all walks of life.

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jerry Posted - December, 9, 2009 08:43 AM

I bet "GO GETTER" has had plenty of Police chasing him over his lifetime. Anyone that ignorant usually has been in jail or prison most of his life. And he is probably the first one crying for the police when needed. And I bet he doesn't call them "pigs" then. What a loser.

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GO GETTER Posted - December, 9, 2009 07:42 AM

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