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Pig Spotted Hanging Out With Furry Friends in Inwood Car, Police Say

By Lindsay Armstrong | August 19, 2015 3:05pm | Updated on August 19, 2015 4:21pm

A pig was spotted sitting in a car parked on an Uptown street early Tuesday morning along with two cats and a dog, police said.

Officers from the 34th Precinct responded to an emergency call from someone who was concerned about the animals, which were sitting in the vehicle at 204th Street and Vermilyea Avenue at about 6 a.m. 

Deputy Inspector Chris Morello said that the officers didn't attempt to remove the animals and instead contacted Animal Care and Control of New York City.

"We reached out to Animal Care and Control but because it wasn’t hot yet, there was no action to be taken," he said the officers were told by AC&C.

Concerned that the animals would be in danger once the temperature rose, Morello asked officers to check on the them again about an hour later. By then, the animals had been removed from the car, he said.

Morello said that the officers didn't observe any signs of mistreatment.

"It looked like they were being taken care of," he said. "[The officers] didn’t see anything to show them otherwise."

It was not clear how long the animals were in the car or to whom they belonged.

It is illegal to own a pig in New York City, but some residents do keep them as pets.

Inwood has had its fair share of unusual animal sighting this year, including the alligator Morello referenced in his tweet and a seal that took up residence on a local dock this spring.