Police have decided not to press charges against a
juvenile runaway who narrowly avoided becoming Christmas
lunch - twice.
The first escapade occurred on Christmas Eve, when the only
creature stirring on Rattray St, in Dunedin, was a juvenile
male kunekune named Seamus.
Constable Ben West spotted the pig being looked after by some
teenagers, who had helped him across the busy road and on to
the Arthur St Reserve just after 1pm on Monday.
As the pig was content to chomp and root up grass, Dunedin
City Council animal control officers were contacted to
collect the seemingly tame animal while police officers
''He definitely resisted arrest,'' Senior Constable Trevor
Buchanan told the Otago Daily Times at the scene.
He later added Seamus could have also faced charges of
assaulting a police officer, after he kicked out at Senior
Constable Kath Goodman. Other offences included ripping up
the park's grass and defecating in public.
Gotcha ... Senior Constables Trevor Buchanan and Kath
Goodman detain Seamus, a juvenile male kunekune pig, after
he was spotted grazing in a Dunedin central park on
Christmas Eve. Photo by Stephen Jaquiery
The pig declined to comment, but was clearly distressed
after being hogtied by the three officers before a 30-minute
wait for animal control.
The trio - assisted by Constable Lachlan McDonald - lifted
Seamus into the back of the animal control van, despite
squeals of protest from the alleged offender.
''Given it's Christmas, we have decided to take a lenient
view on the pig,'' Senior Sergeant Steve Aitken said.
Seamus' owners came and collected him about an hour later.
The mayhem was repeated yesterday about 6.30pm when the pig
was seen ''munching'' someone's garden in Elm Row and police
were again called.
This time, his owners were called to retrieve Seamus, who had
managed both his escapes thanks to the gate to his home being
''He's very much a pet pig. He goes in the car and they take
him for walks on the beach,'' Dunedin City Council animal
control team leader Ros MacGill said.