Keep Princess Pickles the mini pig in her home with her family

Keep Princess Pickles the mini pig in her home with her family

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DEBRA BUFF started this petition to The City of Festus Missouri

Hello my name is Debbie and my son's name is Aiden. We are writing to tell you a little about our family and our story. I'm writing this because at the present time my family is being faced with being torn apart.

So a little about us and how our mini pig Princess Pickles became a big part of our family. In the summer of 2018, August to be exact. A friend reached out to me telling me of a family that she knew had went out and bought a mini pig.  In the spur-of-the-moment and without thinking it through. A few days later they decided that they no longer wanted to keep her and they were going to try to give her to animal control or just turn her loose somewhere and let her go.

Being told this upset me a lot and I just couldn't think of a helpless piggy out there lost and fighting to survive. I decided to take her in and make sure she would be safe and taken care of. At that present time and still to this day she is a wonderful distraction from the painful things that have impacted our lives.

In January of 2018 my oldest son passed away at the age of 24. A parent's worst nightmare had came true and in my life. I struggle daily with getting through this. It is the worst pain that anyone can feel. Every day I manage to get up, fight and keep going.  You see I am also a single mother of a child with special needs.  My son Aiden is 13 years old and has Autism, ADHD, Anxiety, Depression, DMDD among a few other things. I have been through a lot with him and he has been through many struggles.

With everything we have been through and the many things we are currently going through, a very special Piggy who is part of our family is helping us get through it.

She brings comfort and helps with anxiety and depression. She brings my son and myself so much joy.  I find  happiness with her when I can't and haven't found it anywhere else in a long time. She means everything to my little family.

Taking her away from us will have a huge negative impact on her life and ours. She will become depressed and mourn the loss of her family and so will we. We are very attached to her and she is attached to us as well. She is a wonderful companion and is loved by many.

She is an indoor member of the home and is potty trained to go potty outside. She has her own nice sized fenced in yard for a bit of outside play time. She stays in the yard and doesn't get out. We do clean up after her in the yard as should be done. She doesn't disturb anyone and is a quiet little girl. She deserves to stay with her family and we deserve to have her in our home.

She is not a farm pig, swine or a food source. She is family, she is an emotional support pet. Please help us and help her stay in her home with her family. There are already so many homeless mini pigs out there in shelters and running loose or abandoned and left behind when the family moves. She has a family and we are asking you to help us keep it that way.

Thank you for your time,

Aiden, Princess Pickles and Debbie 

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