- San Bernardino County Sheriff’s deputies helped corral a pig that escaped from its pen on Saturday in the town of Highland, California.
- Officer Shelly Ponce packed some Doritos for her lunch, and used the chips to lure the pig back to its home.
- “We were able to put him back in and secure the gate. It was fun!” Ponce said in a press release.
It seems even pigs like to pig out on Doritos.
Over the weekend, cops lured an escaped pig back into its pen using a bag of the popular tortilla chips.
According to a press release from the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Office, deputies in Highland got a call just before 8 a.m. on Saturday about an escaped pig walking around a neighborhood.
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Well if this doesn’t go on the list of unusual calls… ???? Highland Station received a call reference a pig "the size of a mini horse" ???????? running around the neighborhood. Deputy Ponce and Deputy Berg found him and due to previous calls, knew where he lived. They lured him back home with @Doritos one of our deputies had in her lunch bag ????. They made a trail and he followed. “We were able to put him back in and secure the gate. It was fun!” said Deputy Ponce. Crime fighting to safely securing a mini horse sized pig, we do it all ????♀️????♂️
Deputies Shelly Ponce and Ashleigh Berg responded to the area of Sterling Ave. and Vine Street, where they found the black and white pig the size of “a small horse” wandering around.
The officers knew where the pig lived, having “seem the pig at its residence previously,” officials told INSIDER on Monday. So they devised a plan to lure it back home with a bag of Poppin’ Jalapeño-flavored Doritos that Ponce had backed for her lunch that day.
And it worked. While one of the officers led the pig down the street, dropping chips every now and then for the pig to pick up, the other officer recorded video.
According to the press release, the officers successfully led the pig – which they nicknamed “Smalls” – back to its pen.
“We were able to put him back in and secure the gate. It was fun!” Ponce said, according to an Instagram post.
The pig’s owners were not home at the time. Officials said the area where the pig lives is residential, but the homes in the neighborhood have larger-than-usual yards.
Frito Lay, Doritos’ parent company, didn’t immediately respond to INSIDER’s request for comment.