Warning: The details of this story may be disturbing to some readers
A Johnston County family is mourning the loss of a pet pig named Wilbur who was tragically killed. Wilbur, a Juliana pig, had made its home just a few weeks earlier with his family in the West Johnston community along the Harnett County line. On March 24th, Wilbur went missing. He was found that afternoon with bullet holes in its head.
According to the Johnston County Sheriff’s Office, a neighbor 49 year-old Teresa Ann Riddle of County Line Road, Angier allegedly killed Wilbur.
Investigators allege a rope was tied around Wilbur’s legs. He was dragged by a golf cart to the rear of Riddle’s property where he was shot in the head. Wilbur was found by its owner along the property line.
Riddle allegedly told deputies there were a number of wild pigs that roamed freely in the area. She claimed Wilbur was on her property and did not know it was a family pet.
Johnston County Animal Services Director Chad Massengill said an animal control officer was dispatched to the address to attempt to locate the pig on the date in question but was unable to find the animal when he arrived. Wilbur was found afterwards by his owner.
Teresa Riddle was arrested April 2nd and charged with felony cruelty to animals and released on a $5,000 bond.