Keep Olive the Mini Pig (ESA animal + KLBP Station Mascot) @ her Home in Long Beach!

Keep Olive the Mini Pig (ESA animal + KLBP Station Mascot) @ her Home in Long Beach!

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Anne Bergstedt started this petition to City Council of Long Beach and

3.6.21 UPDATE:

Hi friends, thanks to YOUR support and signatures, I was able to catch the attention of Ms. Cindy Allen, my District's council woman, and her team intervened on 1.29. They negotiated on my behalf and did all they could, but we are still being forced to relocate. I have obtained counsel and will be fighting back.

To continue supporting in this fight, please visit the GOFUNDME page, to read more in depth about the events that followed City Council's intervention in trying to save Olive, visit here:

https://www.gofundme.com/f/olivegardenthepig

Olive made the front page of the LB Post! To read more on her story, head here:

https://lbpost.com/news/a-womans-fight-to-save-her-home-and-her-pig

 

OG POST:

Long Beach Community + Friends-

Many of you are familiar with my Emotional Support Animal, a Juliana pig named 'Olive Garden', whether its from visiting her in person at our home, or as the mascot to Long Beach Public Radio - KLBPig, from social media, or from her starring role in YouTube ASMR videos. Regardless of how you have come to be in our lives, I am asking your help today on her behalf.

On the first business day of 2021, I was blindsided + served with a notice to "Remove my Pig from Property" within 30 days as a drafted amendment to my existing lease (which includes her).  The sole reason I was given when asked why this was happening was that "the broker heard the laws have recently changed and Long Beach no longer allows this".  When I requested the new city ordinance code - they failed to respond. When I contacted LBAC, they stated no revisions had been made to the existing laws in place, of which were consulted prior to bringing a mini pig onto this property. Thus negating their reasoning for this sudden demand. Free counsel was offered up to me by this community and has composed my responses and advised me to escalate this case to my District Council Woman, and furthermore put this case in front of City Council for their intervention - which I am actively doing now. 

*City Council Members - I have prepared a full information packet on mini-pigs; including all documents pertaining to this case, facts and definitions of different breed of swine, testimonials from the neighbors and Long Beach community, insight into Olive's life and home and yard here in Long Beach, and more. I have included a copy of it in my email to you. Thank you so much for your time and consideration of this case, especially during a global pandemic.

*Let’s be clear here on several important things*

1. I have resided at this home for 6 years this month. I obtained verbal + written permission from the original Owner, who @ that time acted as Property Manager, who then drafted a new housing agreement explicitly covering her. Never would I bring an animal onto this property without getting full permission first. More importantly, she is a certified ESA animal with permission to be here. Her ESA documentation supersedes any zoning regulations as per long as 3 criteria are met, which they certainly are.

2. Pages 18-19 of my current lease are the Pet Addendum which reflect all pets, including pig. #18 states that in the event of default by Resident (me) of any of the above terms resident agrees within 3 days after receiving written notice default from Landlord, to cure the default or vacate premises. Resident agrees landlord may revoke permission to keep said pet by giving resident 30 days notice in writing”. No default was made or even given as the reason. Nor was this listed as the reason.

3. Law that stands today as per LB Animal Control website is ambiguous and uses the verbiage “hog” in paragraph one as the ONLY and sole reference to any swine related creature. There are several factors to take into consideration in regards to my said mini-pig, Olive Garden.

* She is an actual Emotional Support Animal, of whom is of service to me daily. She has an official ESA certification from my Long Beach based Doctor + Therapist, who have treated me since 2019.

* As the handler of an emotional support animal, I meet the definition of disability
under the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Fair Housing Act, and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. Under California’s Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) (Government Code Sections 12955-12956.2) and, for rental housing, under Unruh Civil Rights Act (Unruh Act) (Civil Code Section 51) and Disabled Persons Act (CDPA) (Civil Code Sections 54.1 and 54.2), as well as under federal law in the Fair Housing Amendments Act (FHAA) (42 U.S.C.

* She is a certified - with papers from an official breeder that she was purchased from 5.5 years ago - to be a “TEACUP PIG aka Micro Pig aka Juliana Pig (official breed name per Vet records). A hog or a boar (interchangeable), usually referred to as a farm hog - has an entirely different genetic makeup, is HUNDREDS of pounds heavier than a Juliana, have strong tusks, and are raised on a different diet for food.

* Juliana pigs (aka mini-pigs, teacup pigs, Vietnamese potbellied pigs) are solely bred for companionship and lab testing, along with BEAGLES.

*Most sanctuaries won't take in mini-pigs as hogs can accidentally hurt/kill them when challenging for dominance.

She’s VERY full grown at 5.5 years/of a 9 year lifespan, and is 85 LBS now, so its safe to say she is the breed that the breeder sold her to be when sold to her original family (I have all paperwork). She has lived more than half her life expectancy.  It is cruel and inhumane to expect me to just give up or terminate a member of my FAMILY while being at the epicenter of a global PANDEMIC. Of which this region is affected the most in the world right now.

Where is she supposed to go? Where am I supposed to go if I choose not to forfeit her? During a lock down order in LA County and under a pandemic?


4. She is already here ONSITE, with a large, private and beautifully kept yard space that all neighbors have approved (and all have written testimonials on her behalf), and has resided here for almost 1.5 years with NO conflicts. She has NEVER broken a single measure in the legally binding Pet Addendum, which the Broker is now attempting to bully me over.

5. Olive Garden was spayed, de-tusked, micro chipped, + vaccinated by the city of Long Beach. Her D.V.M. (a Pig Specialist) is here. She knows over 20 commands, NEVER leaves this property (though is fully capable and able to walk on a harness and leash).  She is happy, safe and content in the confines of this private yard - of which I pay for.  She lives with her 2 chicken best friends and they are deeply bonded.

6. She is the mascot “KLBP-ig” to Long Beach Public Radio here. I am also a member of the community and I will not give her up. Thus, should this unethical demand that was handed down to me not be amended then my entire life will also be impacted and uprooted. I am an on-air radio DJ with Long Beach Public Radio, I am a Yoga Teacher + Yoga Therapist in this community! I value the life I have built in Long Beach and hope to continue to reside here, alongside my ESA.

7. The reason she landed here initially is because clearly, another family made a very difficult choice to relinquish her, to leave her with a person they trusted of whom would provide her space and companionship. I have more than met their expectations and was given their trust at that time, most of all by the 13 year old who RAISED HER for years. Imagine how hard of a decision that probably was for a child to make? How brave it was to make a choice in her best interest...? So to unnecessarily re home her again?? Unconscionable.

 

I am now asking the City of Long Beach to exercise the same emotional depth and capacity that this 13 year old did, when she made the choice to let me take over Olive's care. For a better LIFE.

AT THE VERY LEAST - THIS IS AN ANIMAL WELFARE ISSUE!!!!!!

Show me one option that improves her welfare by doing this to her?

Shelters are CLOSED!! At capacity!!

** Most sanctuaries won’t take her because she is not a farm hog but a Juliana micro pig and aside from that this is a pandemic - sanctuaries are shutting down left and right, dealing with tons of people who have been evicted and gave up their pets, there is no space! Not to mention the welfare of her should be the top priority! This would cause so much stress and anguish for this animal.

 

This would be a different conversation and battle to contest should I have

1. Failed to obtained permission from proper parties prior to arrival to even "visit"

2. Violated any form of my housing agreement

3. If Olive had done anything wrong that would fall under default as per lease. (ex. biting someone, not having space, food or sufficient water, failing to be spayed, non vaccinated, leaving the space dirty and unclean, etc.)

4. This conversation should not even be happening as Olive is not a pet but a certified Emotional Support Animal. Further inquiry is against the law and to be further challenged and threatened on this is considered Discrimination.

 

FACTS ABOUT MINI PIGS

*Pigs use the bathroom in private and then cover it up completely once a day! They are famously clean animals who hate to be dirty.

*They also do not have sweat glands so don’t perspire or have an odor at all, prior to contrary belief.

*Pigs are the 3rd smartest species in the AK, and have the emotional intelligence and sensitivity of a 3 year old toddler.

* All pigs though, are deeply sensitive and can die from stress or a “broken heart”. Stories have reflected these facts, especially in “re homing situations where the family has to surrender their beloved animal suddenly”. This animal is superior to a dog in emotional intelligence and cannot just be “removed from the premises” as per the wording in this notice.

*When Olive was given outdoor space for first time in her life arriving here to my yard she began to burst into "zoomies" daily. Zoomies are a quick sprint pigs do to show trust and joy.

More with Olive the Pig:

ASMR Youtube Channel:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_YTEG6Ir4YQ&t=210s

Instagram:

@OliveGardenThePig

LBAC "Law:

http://www.longbeach.gov/acs/pet-laws-and-licensing/livestock/

 

SUMMARY:

In conclusion, I will not be surrendering my Emotional Support Animal, of whom is a member of this family and my medicine. I broke no laws, I included and involved everyone who was involved with this property at that time 2 years ago, and I have since remained transparent with present tense employees and new people in the mix within management. As recently as 3 weeks ago all parties were at my home and happily visiting with Olive Garden, openly commenting on her happiness within this space.

I do believe my beloved community, of which I am apart of and this awesome City of Long Beach will be able to make a final conclusion here and I believe they will do the right thing on behalf of me and my Emotional Support Animal pig and allow her/us to stay in our home where we have always remained, uneventful.

If this story touches you, and/or if you have had an experience with Olive, please feel free to contribute a testimonial on her behalf. I am overwhelmed by the outcry and support we have received from our friends over this near and far!

This is cruel and inhumane to do this, and would cause serious trauma both to this animal and myself.

Keep 'em coming, it's never enough to build her case to keep her SAFE and in her HOME.

DO THE RIGHT THING, LBC!!!!

Anne + Olive

*City Council Members - I have prepared a full information packet on mini-pigs; including all documents pertaining to this case, facts and definitions of different breed of swine, testimonials from the neighbors and Long Beach community, insight into Olive's life and home and yard here in Long Beach, and more. I have included a copy in my email to you. Thank you so much for your time and consideration of this case, especially during a global pandemic which should be everyone's primary concern.

TheHitchcockBrunette@gmail.com

*See UPDATES below, for day day updates since this was made! Taking this to the City with our signatures!

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