“Piggie Stardust” was stolen from Charleston Animal Society over Thanksgiving. A $15,000 reward is being offered in the case.

MONDAY | NOVEMBER 28, 2022 | NORTH CHARLESTON –  Who stole “Piggie Stardust?” That’s the question after a pot-bellied pig being cared for by Charleston Animal Society was stolen over the Thanksgiving weekend.


UPDATE December 1, 2022: We are thrilled to let everyone know that Piggie Stardust was found and is now once again in our loving care. Today NCPD detectives were provided information on the possible whereabouts of a person who was responsible for the burglary on 11/26/2022 at 2455 Remount Rd. which is the Charleston Animal Society where multiple items were stolen including a pot-bellied pig.

Detectives made contact with the suspect who was in possession of the stolen pig and ultimately confessed to the burglary and stealing of the pig. He was charged with Burglary 2nd Degree and transported to Charleston County Detention Center. The pig (Piggie Stardust” was turned back over to Charleston Animal Society.

Charleston Animal Society President and CEO Joe Elmore said, “We are thankful that Piggie Stardust is back in our safety and are appalled that someone would violate the sanctity of this safe haven for animals by breaking into our facilities and stealing her. We also applaud the City of North Charleston emergency responders who discovered her while responding in the line of duty. We will observe and continue to monitor Piggie Stardust’s condition following the ordeal she had to suffer.”

North Charleston Police are investigating the theft that occurred in the shelter’s barn. On November 16th, Piggie Stardust was found as a stray at a Home Depot in North Charleston and was then brought to Charleston Animal Society for her protection and care.
“We are extremely upset that someone would break into our facility and steal one of our rescue animals,” said Charleston Animal Society President and CEO Joe Elmore, CAWA, CFRE. “We want this animal brought back to us safely and we want to see those responsible prosecuted.”