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Florida Deputies Corral Giant Pigs on the Loose


Judi Brown was startled when her dog started barking late Thursday night, but she got an even bigger surprise when she looked in her yard.

"I went out the kitchen door and there's a giant pig right there in my face, and I'm like, 'Ooh, that's not a raccoon!'" said Brown.

Brown called Animal Control, but it was closed for the night, so sheriff's deputies had to go out and corral the two giant pigs. Brown was glad the deputies were able to put the pigs back behind the fence of the neighboring property.

"They were here in, like, 10 minutes. Thank heaven one them grew up on a farm," Brown told Eyewitness News.

The property next to Brown is owned by the Orange County School Board and is used for a Future Farmers of America program coordinated by Ocoee Middle School. The land has been there for years with cattle, and in recent years pigs have moved in too.

However, Eyewitness News found out the property is actually zoned as "rural country estate." According to the county zoning department, under zoning use laws, pigs are not allowed. Zoning says Code Enforcement would be the agency to enforce the laws, but Code Enforcement said it wouldn't look into a case like this because a lien on a government property would just cost taxpayers more money.

The school board claims it's never been notified it's not allowed to have pigs. Now Brown is stuck with the animals living right next door.

"I've complained and complained, and they do nothing," said Brown.

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