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Cruelty charges dropped in case of Ashes pig

October 2, 2014

BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — Prosecutors have dropped animal cruelty charges against a man who smuggled a pig into the opening day of the Ashes cricket series between Australia and England last November.

David Gunn was charged after security guards spotted the live pig wrapped in a towel and being carried in a baby harness.

The Australian Associated Press reported that a prosecutor told the Brisbane Magistrates Court on Thursday that no evidence would be offered against Gunn.

Lawyer Kate Clark said her client maintained his innocence and had faced “significant public vilification.”

Police at the time said they were unsure whether the man intended to release the pig onto the Gabba ground, as had happened during an Ashes test in Brisbane in 1982.

Ash, the pig, is reported to be in good health.

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