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Family wants body of 800-pound pet pig killed by hunters returned

January 10, 2013 |  8:51 am

There's a hefty battle brewing in Northern California.

Amber Sales told Fox 40 Sacramento her family was devastated when their 800-pound pet pig, Rufus, wandered off their Fairfield farm and was killed by hunters last week. But what's worse, she said, is they haven't been given Rufus' body back.

Solano County's battle of the bulge began last Thursday when Rufus was shot and killed in an area where pig hunting is legal, the television station reported.

"We contacted the hunters," Sales told Fox 40. "They said they would make arrangements to return the pig, but that never happened."

Now, Sales said, her family fears the worst.

"I can't imagine someone eating him. Just the thought of him at the dinner table ..." she said. "Let alone, he's 8 or 9 years old. That can't be tasting very good."

The family has already heard rumors that the hunters might be trying to mount their beloved pet, Sales said.

“You know, it is only a pig but when you live on a farm, your animals are like your dogs,” Sales said. “And he was. Rufus was part of the family.”

Rufus was such a part of the family, Sales added, that he was mentioned in her father-in-law's obituary.

Now, she said, all they want is their pet back.

“We’re a hunting family and I would be mortified if I killed someone’s pet,” Sales said. “I would make every effort to return it. Or replace it. And in this case, we weren't asking for it to be replaced, we were just asking for it to be returned."

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