Ray family wins fight against City Hall to keep pet pig

9:59 PM, Jan 23, 2013   |    comments
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By Derek Hayward

CORAL SPRINGS, Fla. (WSVN/CNN) - A south Florida family has won a battle to keep a pet pig.

But we're not talking about just any pig. The animal is a special friend to one little boy.

"She calms him down when he's very agitated. He does get very agitated easily. She helps as a calming effect to him. She gives him the acceptance that not all special needs people really get in our society unfortunately," said Heather Ray.

She is six pounds and totally house broken, uses the cat litter, fully equipped with a tail that wags, and now she is an official emotional therapy animal for her pal Kason who was born with Down syndrome.

"I think that's the most important thing for me as a mother to see him get that unconditional love and acceptance," said Ray.

A dog or a cat were out of the question because Kason's dad has severe allergies. Miniature pigs however are hyper-allergenic.

But two months ago, the fight started at City Hall.

"City ordinance does not allow pigs as pets. Pigs are considered live stock," said attorney Bob Goehrig.

Two months later, the threat of $500 a day fines is finally gone thanks to a doctor's prescription for a Juliana pig, Twinkie can officially stay.



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