The city of Bryan, Texas, has accused a man of “keeping” feral hogs on his property after he attempted to bait them into traps.
“He had stitches all right here. You can feel the scars,” said Swartz, about his dog, Jigsaw.
Swartz said wild hogs have probably cost him $2000 in damages at his home in the 3000 block of North Texas Avenue in Bryan.
“I’ve made probably four or five complaints from October until now and it’s a joke, that’s what it is,” said Swartz.
Swartz said of a city investigator: “She said ‘are these your pigs?’ I said, ‘no ma’am, these are wild hogs’.”
Swartz said he fed the animals and tried trapping them with dog kennels.
“She says, ‘no sir, being that you have fed them, they’re your pigs’,” Swartz said.
According to city officials, animal control doesn’t have the capability of trapping wild game like this.
Swartz said, “I said, ‘you have no right to tell me that I’m responsible for some pigs that have been tearing up my land.’ I said, ‘I just told you to go ahead and take them, that they’ve been a nuisance to me’.”
Swartz ended up with a $400 ticket from the city.
“I’m gonna make sure I fight this 110 percent because I’m not responsible for it or anything else,” Swartz said.