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Usually when someone looks at a police cruiser and yells "pig," it's an insult. But last week, in the area of an attempted break-in, it was an undeniable fact.

Southwestern Regional Police were called to a home in the 5000 block of Lehman Road in North Codorus Township early Friday morning after a resident there was awakened by banging on the doors.

The resident called 911 after realizing a pot-bellied pig was apparently trying to get inside, according to police.

"I don't know that we've ever had an animal try to break into a home," Southwestern Regional Police Chief Greg Bean said. "Usually, they try to break out."

The resident and a responding officers eventually were able to corral and cage the pig, which police described as irritated and uncooperative.

"(She) kept trying to bite the officer," Bean said, but the officer was able to avoid injury.

"They're not real agile," the chief said of domestic pigs.

Free ride: Police drove the pig to the York County SPCA shelter in Emigsville, where staff there cared for her for four days until her owner was located, Bean said.

The pig's name is Belle, and she's 8 years old, according to Melissa Smith, the organization's executive director.

It turns out Belle had wandered about 500 yards from her farmette-type home looking for her mate, who had recently died, according to police.

It's certainly not the first time a Southwestern officer took on the role of animal wrangler, the chief said — and it likely won't be the last.

"Being pretty rural and suburban, we do deal with a lot of escapee animals," Bean said, many of them in danger from wandering on roadways. "Probably every sort of animal that might be raised in this area has wandered away from its owner at some point."

— Reach Liz Evans Scolforo at levans@yorkdispatch.com or on Twitter at @LizScolforoYD.

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