Police in Detroit, Michigan, responded to an unusual call last week, saving a large hog from a squalid basement.
Officers investigated a local home on Friday after receiving an anonymous tip from neighbors that a pig was inside feasting on human remains. Police found no human remains or other signs of foul play, but they did discover a 400-to-500-pound pig living in the basement.
The room, which was only accessible by ladder, was covered in an estimated two feet of feces and there was no easy way to get the animal out. Officials tried to extract the pig using a harness and a series of ramps. They offered the animal snacks, but it wouldn't budge. After a four-hour effort, the rescue team finally pushed the pig up a ramp and removed it from the house.
"It's kind of hard to make a 400-pound animal go up a ramp," an animal rescue official said.
The homeowner, Gary Roquemore, was found dead from cardiovascular disease earlier in the week in a nearby home he also owned. Police described Roquemore as a "hoarder." Neighbors were concerned about the smell and mess in his homes on the block.
"There is a stench emanating from all three homes. It looks like at this time, preliminarily, this is a hoarder, so we can't tell what we have in all three homes," Assistant Detroit Police Chief Steve Dolunt said.
Police have no reason to suspect there were ever any human remains in the basement, MLive.com reported. Dolunt said the tip may have been a prank call.
The hog was taken to an animal rescue and rehabilitation facility south of the city, and will be allowed to live if it doesn't haven't any health issues, reported the Detroit Free Press.
The house will likely be condemned.
Watch a video of police investigating the incident below: