YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio– Car thieves get more than they bargained for when they stole Wendy Thrasher’s vehicle.
The 4-door-white Nissan Cube had Wendy’s nearly 300-pound pet potbellied pig sitting on the backseat.
Wendy was inside a friend’s home on Mabel St. and couldn’t bring the pig into the house.
When she noticed the Nissan was missing, she thought the kids took it for a ride but then she saw the kids were still home.
“I panicked and called 911,” said Wendy Thrasher, “She’s like my baby.”
Wendy has had the 3-year-old pig named Penelope since she was just 3 days old.
She calls the crime a “kidnapping” or perhaps “pignapping” is a better description.
Wendy says, “We have human kids and I love her every bit as much as I do the human ones.”
Youngstown Police located the abandoned vehicle on W. Myrtle St.
The Cube had been totaled, with 4 flat tires and both airbags deployed.
Police called the towing company and then noticed the unlikely passenger still sitting on the backseat.
A humane officer took Wendy to pick up her prized pig since she no longer had a car.
They took Penelope to her veterinarian to get checked out because she appeared to be shaken with irregular breathing.
“She was breathing a little bit goofy but I’m sure she’s going to be okay,” said Wendy.
The family was in “hog heaven” when Penelope finally made it home.
She’s trying not to get too upset about her totaled vehicle because she suspects that Penelope may not have been the nicest passenger, and probably scared the thieves causing the accident.
Still she hopes Youngstown Police do catch the criminals and “throw the book at them.”
“Yea they don’t want me to find them,” chuckled Wendy.