This little chap – named Boris by his rescuers – was found tied up on railings at Jameson Road and is now in the care of the RSPCA.
And the animal charity believe he is the latest micro-pig – bought as a domestic pet – to be abandoned as owners find they cannot cope when they grow to their full size.
RSPCA inspector Mandi Taylor said: “I suspect someone has bought him as a piglet as a house pet, and then he has got too big for their house so abandoned him.
“Unfortunately this is becoming more of a problem as people buy a small pig and as they get bigger they cannot afford to feed them. They can eat a lot and space becomes limited to keep them.
“I’ve been made aware that the day before he was found, a man in a van went to a local farm and asked if they would take a pig to which they said no.
“So it appears this person then drove around the corner and tied him up. He was tied up using a bright yellow lead.”
Boris is black, male KuneKune type and believed to be a young adult.
He is friendly and clearly been handled and lived around people.
Boris is now being cared for by Sue Walsh, who runs a smallholding in Greenhalgh and takes in abandoned pets.
Sue said: “This is the ninth pig in nine months that I have taken in. We need to raise awareness about this. They are very intelligent animals and are cute and cuddly when they are small.
“But they can weigh up to 10st when they are full size and they are phenomenally powerful. They can easily move a settee.
“They will dig up the garden, eat the roses, rip up carpets. They don’t have a place in a domestic home. They have sharp, rodent-like teeth which can give a nasty bite – they can bite a turnip in half. People need to understand this.”
The pig was found on January 30 and the RSPCA is trying to trace the owner for further investigations.
The pig will now be castrated and rehomed. Anyone who would like to make a donation towards veterinary costs they can do so at the Fylde RSPCA Advice Centre, 1A North Albert St, Fleetwood. Alternatively text HELP110 to 70099 to donate £3 which will go towards any investigation.