Accused Poacher Pleads Not Guilty in Pet Pig Case - Hawaii News Now - KGMB and KHNL

Accused Poacher Pleads Not Guilty in Pet Pig Case

Joseph Calarruda Joseph Calarruda
Police say Calarruda stabbed "Porky" to death and attempted to drag his body away from his Mililani home Police say Calarruda stabbed "Porky" to death and attempted to drag his body away from his Mililani home

By: Beth Hillyer

(KHNL) - The man charged with killing Porky the pet pig made his first court appearance today.

He did say the situation was sad. But then he went on to make one comment that upset Porky's owners even more.

Inside court Joseph Calarruda pleads not guilty to theft of livestock for trying to drag away Porky's body after he killed him.

Reporters ask Calarruda about trespassing into the family's carport, "What about the fact it happened in somebody's garage?" Calarruda says, "Yeah that must have been traumatizing."

When asked if he regrets what happened, "Yes it's a sad thing yeah, but all that meat could have fed some poor people instead of going into the ground."

Porky was raised as a pet since he was orphaned at birth. He was trained to sit and stay and even appeared in a TV commercial.

Prosecutors charged Callaruda with theft of livestock which is a felony. Hawaii is one of seven states with no felony animal cruelty law.

Animal legal defense fund attorney Dana Campbell says Hawaii's animal cruelty law needs to be revised. "In some places the penalty is stiffer, a greater penalty for stealing an animal than killing it. If you kill an animal in Hawaii all you are charged with is a misdemeanor."

Porky's death may spark new animal cruelty legislation.

Today the Hawaiian Humane society announced it will ask lawmakers to pass a law making the most serious cases of animal cruelty a felony.

Local efforts to get a felony animal cruelty law on the books have failed in years past. Porky's owners say if anything good can come from his death, it would be passing stricter laws for those who abuse animals.

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