City of Fenton (Michigan 48430): Discrimination/Harassment of Therapy animal Eli our Domestic Pot Belly Pig
  • Petitioned Jennifer Naismith

This petition was delivered to:

City Clerk
Jennifer Naismith
Building and Zoning Administrator
Brad Hissong
City Manager
Lynn Markland
City of Fenton, Michigan - Code Enforcement Officer
Walt McIlmurray 810-629-2261

City of Fenton (Michigan 48430): Discrimination/Harassment of Therapy animal Eli our Domestic Pot Belly Pig

    1. Wolfgang Zientek
    2. Petition by

      Wolfgang Zientek

      fenton, MI

Eli is a Therapy Animal for an 11 year old with special needs. Eli is a DOMESTIC indoor animal and part of our family. We have had Eli for almost 2 years. We had prior verbal approval from the City of Fenton. After all this time, The City of Fenton sent us a letter in Violation of a Nuisance...Again, Eli. Eli is a domestic indoor Therapy Animal, goes outside with the family dog and comes right back in. Eli is in our presence each time and is not left alone. Eli does not bark, bite or chase anyone nearing our yard. He is not left out too roam the streets at all hours. If you did not know we had Eli, you would not see him and certainly not hear him...that is how quiet Eli is. Eli is wonderful Therapy and is extremely intelligent. Eli is truly a Blessing for our family. The selfishness, prejudice, discrimination and harassment by others has caused our family much grief. Eli is a domestic Sevice Animal not a wild animal and not a farm animal. PLEASE HELP US tell the City of Fenton Michigan to allow Eli to remain part of our family. Thank you so much for helping us and especially Eli! God Bless, The Zienteks

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      Wolfgang Zientek
      Petition Organizer

      Gathering all our signatures, documentation and back-up...preparing for the City; it is a good thing we have Legal assistance now; that will be a big help!

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    Reasons for signing

    • tomas tyree FLUSHING, MI
      • 7 months ago

      I have an 11 year old son with c.p. and autism and I only wish he could have the option of having a therapy animal. No person or governmental agency should have the right to threaten such a blessing.

    • Marie Tino FENTON, MI
      • 7 months ago

      I work with people with disabilities on a daily basis. I see the joy they get from having a pet. Not everyone can have or needs to have a dog or cat to fulfill that, sometimes the least likely animal becomes the best thing that could ever happen to a person. My sister who can not have children adopted a parrot. It is like a child to her and she loves it like family. As long as the animal is not agressive then it should be allowed for theraputic reasons.

    • Leslie Boland IRMO, SC
      • about 1 year ago

      Pigs are incredible pets and animals in general. This City Council needs to get with the times, especially if it has to do with a special needs child's needs.

    • Melissa Zubke DAVISON, MI
      • about 1 year ago

      I have worked in the animal field for 20+ years and have witnessed the special relationships that disabled/special needs persons have with their pets. These therapy pets can often do more to help them accomplish goals and enrich their lives then any thing we humans can do. We should be doing everything we can to make lives better - not hurting them.

    • Sherri Boik DRYDEN, MI
      • about 1 year ago

      Eli is a therapy animal, not just a pet, this should be taken into consideration by officials from the city of Fenton. Eli is not causing problems to neighbors by being noisy or chasing after other animals or people to cause serious injury. Please reconsider leaving Eli in the home which she has been living in for the past 2 years and allow Eli to do the job for which she was trained.


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