When Officer Henry Olshefsky responded to a call about an escaped animal, he had no idea this would be the sight that would greet him.
But sure enough, he pulled up to the front lawn of the caller’s home, and there was what he thought was a 1,000-pound pig with a friendly face.
Olshefsky was expecting maybe a small pet pig, or maybe a potbelly.
“I envisioned it being pink and cute,” said Olshefsky.
Instead, he got to meet Bruno.
Bruno was polite and agreeable, and he willingly followed the officer off of the premises of Julia Gagne’s front lawn.
“We had a frisbee and a bone outside, don’t know what it was doing with it. Playing with it, I guess,” said Gagne.
He wasn’t trying to stir up a ruckus. It turns out, he was just taking a stroll.
“Because it is a small town, we were able to locate someone who knew someone who knew where the pig lived,” Olshefsky said.
He soon discovered that Bruno lived down the street, and he had escaped three or four times already.
Owner Frank Martino was relieved to see Bruno return, but not entirely surprised. Bruno’s a regular jailbreaker, after all.
“We didn’t know how big he was going to get, so now we have to think of a new way to lock him in with a padlock, that type of thing.”
Still, Bruno is a friendly pig, and most people around the area know him.
“Everyone knows Bruno,” Martino said.