Let us keep Charlotte!

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Let us keep Charlotte!

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Tiffany Walters started this petition to Mayors office CITY OF SOUTHAVEN and

When Charlotte became a part of our family, she was not just a pet pig, but a true family member. Charlotte was a surprise Christmas present for my 6-year-old daughter. Since then, we have kept her vaccination records up to date, had her spayed, and taken care of her when she’s been sick. As much as any dog or cat could be part of our family, Charlotte, or Char-Char as my daughter calls her, is our beloved pet. But, Charlotte is about to be ripped away from our family and we need your help to keep her with us.

Charlotte has a tidy, insulated and ventilated pet house in our back yard. We’ve trained her to do tricks like sit, run in circles, and stand on her back legs on command. She loves apples, strawberries, and lettuce, and is an avid snuggler. We cannot imagine losing her.

A couple of weeks ago, I noticed Charlotte wasn't in our fenced-in yard. She had never ventured out of our yard before, and I knew she was probably just wandering around our neighborhood. Nonetheless, I immediately started searching. I finally discovered she had been picked up by Southaven Animal Control.

The relief of having Char-Char back was quickly swept away when an Animal Control officer informed me that we can no longer keep Charlotte, due to city zoning laws. According to the Homeowner’s Association of our subdivision, we can have up to two household pets living in our home, so we never thought having Charlotte would be problematic.

After a bit of research, I discovered that our subdivision is excluded from the agricultural zoning ordinances surrounding our neighborhood, and Charlotte is considered a “farm animal” in our community. Charlotte is most certainly not livestock. We are not keeping, breeding, or maintaining her for any commercial purposes as per the definition of livestock. She is part of our family!

Unfortunately, we were given a very short period of time to “relocate” our lovely pet or risk fines and possibly even jail time! We don’t want to lose her and have decided to petition our town. Please help me keep my family together by asking the Southaven city council to change this ordinance to allow domestic pigs to be considered household pets. Charlotte belongs with those who love her the most.

Thank you.

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