Tragic end for a stolen pig named Spam Valerie Couch via Facebook

He was taken during a home robbery, but his owners remained optimistic that Spam would survive.

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Their hopes fell when their pet miniature pig was found dead in a carrier in an East Cleveland, Ohio, backyard.

The owners of the 15-pound pig, Valerie Couch and Paul Etzler, said he was stolen from their home, along with jewelry and electronics, during a robbery.

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Donors raised more than $1,000 to offer a reward to help find the pig, which the couple says will be either returned or donated to the Animal Protective League, the agency performing the necropsy on Spam.

Anna Caplan contributes to Rare Houston and Rare Animals. 
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