Prevent rehoming and allow miniature potbelly pigs as pets in Prince George County

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I am requesting to gather your support in petitioning to change the county laws in regards to pet miniature potbelly pigs. I have attached photos of my boy. He's been in my home and life for his entire life. He's my pet and my family. 

I am aware that all pigs in the PG county laws fall under the definition of livestock. I agree wholly that farm pigs are to be considered livestock and not fit to be anywhere in a residential community. Though miniature poteblly pigs (which are different from farm pigs on multiple counts) are and have been for quite some time now raised and bred as indoor/outdoor family pets. 


Personally I believe the laws should be moderately altered to allow miniature pigs of a certain size and quantity to exist on residential property. Of course given the same laws that other domesticated animals abide by (safe, not freely wandering, not disruptive, etc).


My hamlet is a prime example. He is fully grown. No larger than a medium sized dog. He is potty trained. He sleeps and resides for the most part indoors. He is fixed. He is me, my fiancé's, and my children's companion and knows no other life than our pet and family member. He dwells beautifully with my cat and any dogs he has lived with.


I am to be purchasing a home in the r80 zoning area of PG county and will have him fostered elsewhere until I can possibly resolve this situation, as i cannot give up my baby. I am prepared to gather signatures of local residents as well as businesses who have been in contact with Hamlet and agree that he is a prime citizen of the county.


Please let me know if you have any questions about my situation or miniature pigs in general. I am a member of the AMPA (American miniature pig association) and hamlet is also registered with them and I would love to provide more information if you have any concerns about this possibility for change.



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