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      Statue honors dead pig pardoned by Piggly Wiggly

      MEGGETT, S.C. (AP) - Someone has donated a pig statue to a Lowcountry farm to commemorate a once pardoned pig shot to death after it escaped from its pen.

      The nonprofit organization that runs the farm in Meggett told WCSC-TV (http://bit.ly/15gLzwT ) that an unknown person placed the concrete pig in a pasture overlooking the other animals.

      The statue honors Maggie, a 700-pound pig once pardoned by the Piggly Wiggly grocery chain. The pig was living on the farm when it escaped last month and was shot to death by a man who told investigators he was afraid the pig was going to cause a wreck.

      Witnesses told police the man told others he was going to kill the pig and take it to a local butcher.

      The man was cited and fined $1,092.