Police found this pig running loose in town. (Neptune Township Police Department)
(FOX5NY.COM) - Police officers are used to jokes and insults about being likened to a certain porcine farm animal. But one department in New Jersey had a good sense of humor about it when a cop found himself in a situation that was anything but "boar-ing."
Over Memorial Day weekend, Police Officer Thomas Blewitt of the Neptune Township Police Department responded to a call of a loose animal near the intersection of Route 33 and Route 35. Upon arriving, he found a pig running around.
"Yes, we at the Neptune Township Police Department are well aware of the irony, but this is the truth," the police department wrote in a Facebook post.
The pig was "most likely looking for an evening coffee and donut from Dunkin Donuts," police speculated, in a reference to the age-old cliché about cops' love of round-shaped pastries.
Blewitt caught the pig, whom he nicknamed "Pork Roll," and brought him in for questioning. Police wrote on Facebook that they gave Pork Roll a job application as their new mascot.
Alas, the pig's new job was short-lived. After an evening walk and a ride in a police cruiser, Pork Roll was reunited with his owner.
Neptune Township officers want the public to know that the Monmouth County Prosecutor's Office and Monmouth County SPCA have introduced an animal cruelty hotline. If you suspect that an animal has been abused or neglected, you can call 877-898-PAWS (7297).