DENHAM SPRINGS – Rosie the pig brought owner Mike and Laura Vaughn to the Denham Springs City Council meeting Tuesday evening, but she didn’t come to complain.
Or even raise an oink.
The 65-pound pig occasionally issued a grunt, but allowed City Council member Laura Smith to recount to the amused audience her recent adventures that ended with a ride in a city police car.
The Vaughns brought Rosie to the meeting to tell Mayor Gerard Landry and the council how much they appreciated the effort of Officer Ben Payne to take care of her.
“Laura wanted to publicly recognize Officer Payne,” Smith said, “in appreciation for his service, and the crew, in saving Rosie, taking care of here and protecting her …”
“Otherwise, I don’t know what would have happened her,” Laura Vaughn chimed in, “(become) somebody’s dinner.”
The adventure began when Rosie went for a walk and found the seed in a bird feeder to her liking at a home behind the police station.
Payne, with the help of two other officers, got Rosie in his patrol car for a trip to the police station.
Officer Susan Edwards, who attended the council meeting, said she thought she recognized Rosie and contacted her friend, Laura Vaughn, leading to a family reunion.
After greeting Rosie again, and giving her a treat, Payne received a certificate of appreciation from the City Council.