Pig found in drug room

Penelope-the-Pig

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Liberty police officers who went to arrest a man wanted for trespassing in Pennsylvania at a motel got a surprise when they found another motel guest inside: a 300-pound pot belly pig.

Police said Penelope the Pig was found inside the Hotel 30 at 1600 Motor Inn Drive on Saturday. After her owners were apprehended on warrants, Penelope was taken to the Animal Welfare of Trumbull County shelter.

Reports say police were tipped about two fugitives at the Hotel 30. When officers arrived they found Heath E. Bechtel, 41, of Sharpsville, inside the motel. He originally told police his name was James Moats, but admitted his identity later.

Bechtel is facing a trespassing charge in Mercer County, reports say.

Officers found drugs and drug instruments inside the apartment, along with Penelope. Reports say the pig made several attempts to attack officers and sheriff’s deputies.

Bechtel, who was taken to St. Joseph Health Center in Warren, escaped from the hospital. Officers staked out his hotel room, then pretended to leave while still watching the area.

They eventually found Bechtel, who went back to Motel 30, and was arrested.

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