Bringing Home The Bacon: Steve The Micro-Pig Returned

RIDLEY TOWNSHIP, Pa. (CBS) — After a week-long Facebook campaign and a lot of public attention, Steve the pig is finally home.

According to owner Brian Maguire’s girlfriend, Bernadette Broadhurst, Ridley Township’s police commissioner personally returned Steve the pig.

“We’re happy he’s home and he’s safe, and he ate a ton of food this morning and he’s a lot bigger than he was a week ago…just like kids, they grow fast,” Broadhurst said.

Steve went missing when he wandered out of the couple’s yard last week. Township officials picked him up wandering in an alley and shipped him off to a farm, citing a Ridley Township ordinance that prohibits the ownership of farm animals.

Under pressure from area residents and legions of fans of the Facebook page the couple created, called “Where’s Steve? Give Him Back Ridley,” officials returned Steve, but the drama is not quite over yet: Police still insist the couple will have to get rid of Steve within two days.

Broadhurst says the 6-pound pig is not livestock, and that she and Maguire are consulting with a lawyer about what to do next. In the meantime, they’re enjoying having Steve back.

“I’d just like to say thank you for all the support. We had a ton of people following the Facebook page and a lot of people willing to help,” Broadhurst said.

Township officials did not return calls seeking comment.

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Reported by Pat Loeb, KYW Newsradio

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  • BreAnna

    I am so glad to hear Stevie is home. I know someone who had a pig for a pet. They are ver smart and CLEAN . I
    What bothers me the most is the pet shop where Stevie came from gave Stevie’s owner FALSE information..There is NO MIRCO or Tea Cup pig. Little Stevie only 6 lbs now wthin one year will be close to if not more then 100 lbs. As adults and fully grown they COULD BE 150+ lbs.
    PIGS MAKE EXCELLENT PETS.. Love Stevie and fight to keep him.

  • marie ferrarella

    If the pig is only 10 weeks old, he couldn’t have owned it very long and it’s already getting loose and roaming the streets? Sounds like he hasn’t the first idea how to care for a pig. You can buy a pit bull in a pet store but – depending on where you live – they may not be allowed by local laws. He needs to quit whining and either get rid of the pig or move to the country.

  • Paul

    Government control of what pets we can have in our homes?? This is madness. Wake up, America!!

    • jessica

      Have you ever lived next to some one who owned a rooster? there is good reason many cities do not allow farm animals with in the city limits.

  • someone who knows

    If farm animals are illegal in Ridley TWP, how is it that there is a number of farm animals on Smiley Street in Crum Lynne? They have chickens, roosters, a mule and may even have a miniature pony

  • grumpy

    Sounds like this couple must have registered with the wrong political party. I think that a defense fund should be set up to help “Mike” retain his status as a PET!
    They don’t sell farm animals in pet shops. Mike was purchased at a pet shop.
    With all of the crime out there this should be a non case.

    • evie

      the piggy is Steve…

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