updated 11/15/2007 9:07:08 AM ET 2007-11-15T14:07:08

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Two stray pot-bellied pigs stirred up a commotion Wednesday morning while on the run from two animal control officers, two police officers and even a couple of utility company workers who joined the 35-minute chase.

Learning from her first pig chase, animal control officer Leah Messmer knew to grab a blanket.

"They're tough," she said. "They have no necks, so you really can't get a collar on them."

After a few unsuccessful dives, the pigs were caught as workers at various businesses stuck their heads out in disbelief. Some had cameras.

"They dart in and out of cars, and somebody could get hit," Messmer said. "That's why you have to catch 'em. Poor little buggers."

The pigs will be sent to an animal shelter, Messmer said. She presumed they were pets from someone living in the area.

"They're like dogs," she said. "They tend to go back to familiar places."

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