Pig on duty at Antonito, helps with arrest


A licensed service animal, Fred is a guard for the Steam Train Hotel and Green Genie marijuana dispnsary in Antonito. Late May 7, he earned his keep by helping Antonito police capture a woman who was on the wanted list. According to Fred's human, Tegan Welsch-Rainek, when the officer on duty noticed a subject on the wanted list going into the back yard of the hotel, she gave chase and Fred went along, positioning himself at the base of the steps, giving the wanted woman two choices, go past a 500-pound pig who wasn't interested in allowing her to pass or go to jail. She chose the latter. When the woman was booked into jail, she allegedly had a large amount of heroin on her person. In addition to existing warrants, she now faces charges of attempting to evade law enforcement and possession of drugs. Fred was paid with donuts, says his proud owner. Fred is shown here guarding the door to the marijuana dispensary.


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