TEMPLE - *Note: A previous version of the story stated all three pigs were missing. Only one pig was taken from the sculpture.
A pig is from an Oak Creek Park sculpture in Temple.
Temple Parks and Recreation said the largest pig from the bronze statue known as pig family was taken from the park sometime before Friday, July 28.
“We received a call from a concerned citizen Friday morning, stating the statue was no long in the park,” Chuck Ramm, Assistant Director for Temple Parks & Recreation said. “After surveying the area, it was clear that the bronze statue had forcibly been removed from the concrete footings.”
In June 2015, Ernie the Papillion puppy sculpture was taken from the entrance of Woodbridge Park. The stature was never located. However, it was replaced.
Officials said the sculptures are all part of the Department’s Art in the Park program in conjunction with the Temple Parks Foundation. The Pig Family statue was donated by Dr. Alan Jones and the Forsythe Foundation in 2007.
Temple Parks and recreation said the statues are very popular.
"The pigs have really become apart of the community to the point where even some of the neighbors come out and decorate them at different times of the year," Chuck Ramm, Assistant Director of Temple Parks said.
The Temple Parks & Recreation Department said that statue costs around $3,500 and would have to come from their budget.
Anyone with information about the pig's whereabouts is asked to contact the Temple Police Department at 254-298-5500.
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