Police were on the tail of three perps who had escaped from a trailer, only the "perps" were pigs, not dangerous criminals, and their tails were quite literal.
The rescue took place around 11:24 a.m., Friday, Jan. 17, when Fifth Precinct Sgt. Theodore Martinez was driving a marked police vehicle eastbound on Sunrise Highway, near Broadway Avenue in Sayville, when he observed what he thought was a pig on the side of the road.
Martinez then saw a Hummer, with an attached trailer that was open with one pig inside. Martinez pulled over the vehicle and the operator stated she was transporting four pigs to an animal rescue and was unaware three pigs had escaped, police said.
That's when help came to the rescue including Sgt. Peter Hansen, along with officers Michael Sheehan, Brian Drew, John Jantzen, Patrick O’Callaghan and Alison Hall and began locating and capturing the wayward pigs.
Employees from Sayville Animal Hospital and the Town of Islip, also located a pig each at separate locations on Sunrise Highway between Bohemia and Sayville, police said.
The pigs appeared uninjured and were taken for evaluation to the Evelyn Alexander Wildlife Rescue Center in East Quogue, their original destination.
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