The owner of two pigs that were shot dead by Darwin police says the animals should have been tranquillised instead.

The animals were shot in bushland in Ludmilla on Sunday morning after five days on the run.

Officers say they had no choice but to kill the pigs because of the danger they posed to drivers.

But their owner Vivienne White says police could have handled the situation differently.

"There's a Wildlife Park out there [and a] Crocodylus Park. They could have taken them there," she said.

"They could have caught them and taken them out bush, let them go, release them back into the wild."

Ms White says her family are saddened.

"I didn't have another option. They just said they were going to shoot them and that was it," she said.

"They never spoke about tranquillising them or catching them and letting them go.

"They said they were back on the road again and they were causing trouble."

The RSPCA has defended the decision to shoot the pigs.

"No body wants to shoot the animals. It is definitely a last resort and if they just can't catch them, unfortunately that is the last resort."

 

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