SIDNEY (WBNG) - Local animal activists say a runaway pig was saved by community members and will have a new loving home.
Erin Insigna from the Delaware Valley Humane Society says 'Myles the pig' mysteriously escaped from an auction house in Unadilla, where the pig would have been sold and slaughtered.
"I was sitting down with my daughter and we were having dinner and someone called me and they said 'Erin, there's a pig running down your sidewalk,'" said Insigna.
Insigna says she then went outside to safely capture the pig, but Myles escaped.
"He was on the run for five days. He was covering a lot of miles, which is why his name was Myles. He did kind of stay kind of in the vicinity of Unadilla."
After days of searching, community volunteers were able to finally capture the swift swine.
The humane society then purchased the swine from the auction home for $10 and brought him to the shelter, normally meant for cats and dogs.
"We had room. We had the means to take care of him short term. He was neutered today. He has been de-wormed," said Insigna.
Now, three weeks after the pig was saved by the shelter, Insigna says Myles has become accustomed to living at the shelter and is even learning new tricks thanks to their kennel attendant, Erik Warren.
"He like mushroom pizza... He loves crackers. Anything with carbs, he loves," said Insigna.
Insigna adds that now Myles will have a new home and family in the coming weeks.
"He's actually going to be living his life in Vermont. We have a wonderful adopter who will be giving him a wonderful loving home and he will never be on someone's dinner plate," said Insigna.
Insigna says Myles will be heading to Vermont to meet his new family next week.