Owner says stolen pet mini pig named Spam found dead

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CLEVELAND, Ohio -- The owners of a stolen pet mini pig provided us with a very sad update on Thursday.

Paul Etzler told FOX 8 News that his family's beloved pig named Spam was found dead.

Etzler said Cleveland police received an anonymous tip that the pig was in East Cleveland; police called Etzler and said Spam was discovered in his carrier in the backyard of a home in that city. Sadly, Spam was dead.

"It's just heartbreaking to think about what he went through in the past week and a half. I can't imagine in a million years. We feel helpless that we couldn't prevent it," said Valerie Couch, owner.

The pig was stolen last week during a break-in at a home on Cleveland’s west side. Etzler said the burglar took Spam, along with TVs, computers and jewelry.

"Maybe to them it was just an animal, I don't know. I'll never understand the reasoning behind it. Why they bothered to take him if they weren't going to do anything with him," said Couch.

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