A “pignapping” in Fayetteville ends with a positive outcome
Police said the owner of Piggy Smalls reported him missing from Beechwood Apartments on Tuesday.
Olivia Geels owns the pet pig also known as Piggy Smalls. Geels said, “I just left him in the car for maybe less than three minutes, went upstairs, got his leash, came right back and he was gone, his blanket was gone and all of his stuff was gone.”
Geels said she’s been searching for him non-stop since he went missing. “My parents drove around there, I drove around there that whole day. We got flyers made. We’ve contacted the apartment complex, the police. “
Without any leads, Fayetteville Police shared this post hoping someone out there could help.
Sgt. Tony Murphy with Fayetteville Police Department said, “That’s when we turned to Facebook and we asked the public to help us out with any leads to get us started. “
Little did police know the post would help them solve the case.
Just hours after we interviewed Geels, Piggy Smalls was found 41 miles north of Fayetteville. Geels said, “They were like does he have any markings? And we were like no but he has some bruised up knees and a straight tail and they were like I think we have your pig!”
A Missouri family found the pig in a ditch and brought him to safety in their home. When the family saw Fayetteville PD’s post, they contacted the police.
“Karen and her husband from Jane Missouri just kept him overnight and he was all safe and sound,” said Geels.
Even though Geels doesn’t know who took him, shes just glad to have Piggy Smalls back in her arms doing what he loves most, eating Cheerios.