Peculiar pets taking up residency at San Antonio shelter

Llama rescued by San Antonio Animal Care Services. (Courtesy: WOAI/NBC Newschannel)
Llama rescued by San Antonio Animal Care Services. (Courtesy: WOAI/NBC Newschannel)

SAN ANTONIO (AP/KXAN) — San Antonio’s animal shelter has seen a recent influx of exotic animals, including a llama, a potbellied pig, horses, chickens, rabbits and quail.

Lisa Norwood, spokeswoman for Animal Care Services, says “This is a different population than we’re used to of dogs and cats. It’s taxing on staff members and indicative of a larger problem.”

The llama, named “Como te Llamas” arrived Saturday after police got a call that it was holed up behind a business, the pig, named Cinderella, was found wandering Sunday. On Tuesday, animal officers rounded up a group of nine horses in one area and found the 10th running in a Wal-Mart parking lot.

Norwood said the llama and pig, housed in side-by-side outdoor pens, have become buddies and talk to each other through the fence.

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