An Albuquerque woman says her pet pig that works as a therapy animal was stolen right from her front yard.
On Wednesday, Sydney Forestal recalled the heartbreaking moments she sprinted after two people in a truck she said took her beloved pet pig named Barbie.
“It’s not just a pet pig,” Forestal cried. “I work with her. She’s my passion of what I do, working with individuals and creating a movement in animal therapy.”
Barbie and Forestal’s other pig named Elvis are well-known for their work in the community as therapy animals.
“Barbie has been just making people smile her whole life,” Forestal explained. “We’ve been working with adults with developmental disabilities. We work with children with high-risk needs.”
Barbie is also a mascot for popular “pig yoga” events.
She said it was on Wednesday after she worked with Barbie, she let her two pigs hang out in her front yard near Girard and Gibson around 1:30 p.m., and that’s when she believes Barbie was taken.
“I heard my neighbor yelling, ‘Help me!’ so I ran outside and she said that somebody took my pig, and I saw the black truck,” Forestal said.
She said she raced after them for a couple of blocks before they got away.
Now, she’s pleading for help on Facebook for any information leading to the beloved pig.
“She has a job. She doesn’t deserve to be treated wrong, so I just hope she’s OK.”
Forestal said Barbie should be easily recognizable because she squeals loudly and often when scared, and because of her unique, glamorous look.
“She has a black bowtie around her neck, pink nails, gray and silver with black dots and a pink nose that you can’t miss,” Forestal said.
Forestal described the suspects as two Hispanic men who fled in a lifted black truck with a silver tool chest in the back.
Forestal is offering a reward for information leading to Barbie’s return.