Piggly Wiggly mascot fatally shot after escaping from pen - WRBL

Man cited in fatal shooting of Piggly Wiggly pardoned pig

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Maggie, the pig (Source: Facebook) Maggie, the pig (Source: Facebook)
MEGGETT, SC -

A pig that was pardoned by Piggly Wiggly's Pardon a Pig campaign was shot and killed Tuesday afternoon near Ravenel after escaping her pen.

A 26-year-old man has since been cited in the incident, deputies say.

When they arrived, authorities found a crowd of people around the pig, Maggie, and learned she had been shot. Witnesses stated the pig was walking near Ethel Post Office road in Meggett when a man pulled up and said he was going to shoot the pig.

According to the report, witnesses say they could hear 26-year-old David Ashmore say he was, "going to take that pig to Burbage Meats" (which is a butcher shop).

 A few minutes later Ashmore returned to the scene where he allegedly shot the pig twice.

Deputies first reported that Maggie the pig was a mascot for the grocery chain, but the company said Wednesday afternoon that the pig had simply been "pardoned" by the company.

The pig's owner says boards in the pig's cage rotted, so she was able to easily escape and walk towards the street.

Another pig on the farm, Peaches, escaped as well but was not hurt. WCBD went to Ashmore's home for comment, but no one answered the door. 

Authorities say they cited Ashmore Wednesday afternoon for malicious injury to animals. He faces a $1,092 fine. His court date is scheduled for May 1st at 10 A.M.

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