Peanut the Potbellied Pig is no more.
Mistaken for a wild hog running loose, Peanut was put to sleep Monday by Fort Worth animal control officers after he wandered into a neighbor's yard on rural Randol Mill Road.
The officers said he was aggressive when they tried to catch him.
Owner Mary Kelleher said he was just "very friendly."
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She conceded that Peanut, 4, needed a tag and city registration.
"But we have all these coyotes and bobcats out here, and the city won't do anything about them because they're wild animals," she said.
But one pet potbellied pig gets loose, and Peanut immediately gets sent to piggy heaven.
"He just loved people," Kelleher said.
"He was a people pig."
City animal control officials told KTVT/Channel 11 this week that they will consider changing their policy of capital punishment for pigs.
If a cow or donkey gets loose in the rural reaches of Fort Worth, the animal is rounded up and held a few days for any owner.
But because wild hogs have become such pests, officers are less likely to impound unregistered pigs, even smaller potbellied pigs that might be pets.
Kelleher has cattle, goats, llamas, sheep, donkeys and pigs on her property, a 12-acre farm along the Trinity River near Cooks Lane.
Officially, it's the Fort Worth Animal Farm, the "Funny Farm," a working throwback in a part of Fort Worth zoned for agriculture.
Kelleher was in the news a year ago after her farm flooded, a drainage problem that city officials said might have been related to a new natural gas pipeline next door.
She's grateful for other neighbors who are patient when an animal gets loose, she said.
But Peanut had lived there only two weeks.
Nobody knew he was one of Kelleher's pigs.
"Everybody has the patience of Job with me and these animals," she said. "I know I should have had him tagged and registered. But you'd think they'd give me a chance to come get him."
Texas has no patience for prowling pigs.
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