Loicy Johnson, according to records, disagrees. He says the 11-inch-long and one-foot-tall swine was a garden marauder that deserved what it got.
What it got, according to Johnson, was a Benjamin 22 Caliber pump air gun pellet in the head, a fatal shot that has the 79-year-old facing charges of cruelty to animals and discharging an airgun in the city limits.
Ladd Young said he had owned Jackson for about a year prior to its demise.
“Everyone in the neighborhood knew him and most liked him,” Young said.
He said he left the pig with neighbors late last week, which is where this porcine tale begins.
Friday morning, police received a complaint that Jackson was running loose, but could turn no sign of him.
Sunday morning, a caller said he thought a neighbor had killed his pig.
Responding units located a juvenile boy who said he had seen the pig in front of 210 Mamie.
He told police that Jeanette Johnson, 72, told him the pig had gone on her property but she scared it away with a broom and she didn’t know where it was.
He told police he saw what appeared to be blood on concrete under the Johnson carport. According to reports, Mrs. Johnson told him she had just killed a cat.
An officer went to the Johnson house, where the husband was sitting on the porch. When Mrs. Johnson came out, she told him the same thing she had told the juvenile, according to reports.
When he asked the husband if he had seen the pig, the officer said he replied “yes, the animal came into my yard and destroyed my garden” and he shot it.
Asked where the pig was, the officer was directed to the back yard, where he found Jackson, with blood on its nose and forehead, dead inside an oblong net made of metal and observed where someone had tried to clean the concrete of something.
Mrs. Johnson’s account after that said nothing about the garden.
According to her, the pig climbed on the porch and tried to attack her and she scared it off with a broom and it went under the house. She said her husband shot and killed Jackson because it was “attacking them.”
Its owner claimed Jackson would not have attacked anyone, though he would approach people to be petted.
Timothy Gil, 49, the neighbor who was keeping Jackson, received a citation for the pig running loose and being unleashed.