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Family hog killed after wandering into Roanoke Rapids

Posted April 19, 2016

— A family hog that escaped and wandered into Roanoke Rapids city limits was shot and killed after crossing U.S. Highway 158 on Sunday.

The hog—named Oinkers—was adopted by Mason and Lauren Price after it wandered into the family’s construction business from a farmer’s property next door.

The Price’s decided to let their daughter, Macie, 11, keep the hog after the animal refused to leave.

“She was a big baby, and we spoiled her,” Lauren Price said. “We spoiled her rotten.”

Macie Price said she believes Oinkers grew lonely insider her pen—made of concrete barriers—while the family was gone over the weekend.

“I just fed her and gave her love and stuff like that,” Macie Price said.

Authorities said they received a phone call about the hog after it crossed multiple main highways near Roanoke Rapids city limits.

Roanoke Rapids police chief Chuck Hasty didn’t say what prompted the officer to shoot on Oinkers, but he said the department is reviewing the officer’s handling of the situation.

Macie Price said no explanation was provided when she spoke with authorities.

“My grandma took me to the police, and I was up there,” Macie Price said. “I told them I was mad at them, and it was just a sad day.”

Hasty said the officer who killed Oinkers fired multiple rounds.

“We just don’t understand it,” Lauren Price said. “She was never aggressive to anybody here; [she] never bit anybody.”


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  • Barry Smith Apr 20, 2016
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    I'm sure this was a dangerous aggressive pig and the officer was in fear for his life...Wait for it.

  • Fanny Chmelar Apr 20, 2016
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    Reminds me of Southpark


    Sad. Seems like an overreaction by a militarized police force trained to overreact.


  • Steve Moore Apr 19, 2016
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    I guess this neanderthal of a cop was having fun. Shouldn`t mouth breathers like these have to pass some kind of intelligence test before they are turned loose on the public ?

  • Christian Knott Apr 19, 2016
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    That is very shady!