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Owner: Pig found after 6 weeks in ‘pretty good’ condition

AP
  • “She came to me when I said her name with her tail wagging.”
  • The Vietnamese potbellied pig had last been seen July 11.

ALIQUIPPA, Pa. — The owner of a potbellied pig that serves as a therapy animal says the pig is in “pretty good” condition after being missing for six weeks.

Owner Katie Manni says she got a call saying Charlotte was spotted at a construction site near Aliquippa, Pennsylvania, 5 miles from home. When Manni went there Friday, she saw Charlotte standing underneath the office trailer, and “she came to me when I said her name with her tail wagging.”

In this June 26, 2016 photo, a Vietnamese potbellied pig named Charlotte walks in Katie Manni's backyard in Aliquippa, Pa. Manni got a call saying the pig was spotted at a construction site near Aliquippa, Pennsylvania, 5 miles from home, and she drove there to retrieve the pig. It was last seen July 11, 2016. Katie Manni photo

The couple who provided the tip declined a reward so she plans to make a donation in their name to the Beaver County Humane Society in Monaca, Manni said.

The Vietnamese potbellied pig had last been seen July 11. Charlotte serves as a therapy animal at Beaver Elder Care and Rehab Center in Hopewell Township, helping to cheer up residents there.

Manni and her fiance, Edward Perry, got Charlotte in February, when she was 6 weeks old. The pig escaped from Manni’s car after she left her there with a pair of pugs when she stopped at the center.

ADDS DATELINE - This 2016 photo provided by Jessica M. Subich shows Katie Manni of Aliquippa, Pa., holding her Vietnamese potbellied pig named Charlotte in the parking lot of a Cracker Barrel Old Country Store restaurant in New Stanton, Pa. Manni found the pig about 5 miles from her home. It went missing July 11, 2016. Pa. Jessica M. Subich photo

After Charlotte got home, Manni said the pig had a tick on one of her legs and one eye wasn’t open all the way. She said she was so thin that her ribs and hip bones were slightly visible. She was “more quiet than normal,” but after being taken to work “she allowed the staff and residents to come up to her, pet her and dote on her.”

“She remembered what offices she could get food in” and laid down for someone she knew would give her a belly rub, Manni said. “I think in a week or so she should be back to normal,” she said.

Manni says she doesn’t know where the pig has been.

“Unfortunately she can’t tell us about her adventure,” she said.