Classify Miniature Pigs as Domestic Pets

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Classify Miniature Pigs as Domestic Pets

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Melanie Kemp started this petition to City of Round Rock 221 East Main Street Round City Council Rock, TX 78664 512-218-5410 Round Rock City Council

Please help us petition the City of Round Rock in order to convince them to classify miniature pigs as domestic household pets. They are currently classified as farm animals/swine. The city of Austin, and many other comparable cities around the nation classify them as domestic miniature pets. 

This may not seem an important distinction to some, however, if an animal is classified as a farm animal in the city of Round Rock, TX, they are required to be kept on an acre of land per each animal according to published city ordinances . This effectively causes mini pigs in most neighborhoods to be removed from family homes and placed in shelters and foster care. 

My family has two mini pigs, Hamlet and Opal Divine. We have had them for over 6 years, since they were 6 weeks old. They are registered Emotional Support Animals with a valid written prescription issued by our doctor. This status provides them protection from landlords and HOAs under the Fair Housing Act. Unfortunately this protection does not extend to the level of city ordinances. My children and myself are all diagnosed with PTSD. These piggies keep us smiling and our spirits up and with them around none of us require medication for anxiety or depression. They are pretty quiet, no barking or noises when they are outside. They are very clean, having been house-trained since 8 weeks old. They are super smart. Similar to many other household pets, they do tricks, watch movies with us and they love to cuddle and sleep in our beds at night. Just like the conventional pet doggie, our sweet babies are always down for a belly scratch or a snack.  

 

A neighbor has reported us to animal control recently because they discovered we own pigs. The pigs have done nothing to warrant being reported to animal control other than simply being pigs. It is my belief that as long as a pet isn’t loud, dangerous, destructive or living in poor conditions; a person should be able to keep their family pets. The only thing preventing us from keeping our babies is the city ordinances that define them as farm swine. Please help us to get this changed so that we can get our piggies out of foster! This change will keep SO many little piggies out of rescues and fosters and HOME with their families where they belong!

 

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