Georgetown Pet Pig Owners Fighting Ban

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Updated: 7/22/2013 6:16 pm
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It's not formally on Monday night's agenda, but a pet owner says she will make Georgetown's City Council discuss pet pigs. 

Recently, the council labeled all pigs as livestock, and banned them as pets. 

A council member says she will propose a motion, possibly to define a pet pig.

"Roll over," commanded Jamiy Western to her pet pig Wilbur.

The pig is illegally owned.

"I don't know any livestock that would do that," said Western.

Last month Georgetown's city council voted 5-3 to amend an ordinance, and ban pet pigs. 

But the pigs people own in Georgetown are not like the ones on a hog farm.

They're much smaller.

Hampton is a micro-mini pig.  A Vet says Micro-Minis are bred to be pets. 

Hampton's owner says she has to fight the amended ordinance.  If Cynthia Bruno didn't, she says her 15-year-old son would call her a hypocrite.

'I've raised him to fight for what he believes in, if it's right.  If I back down, and I just give in, then I'm really not showing him what to do is right," said Bruno.

Bruno says she'd leave town if the city tries to take her pig.

Western says she'd do the same.  Western says taking care of Wilbur is the same as owning a dog.

"He has to have his own blankets.  He has to have my Michigan blanket.  And they have to smell like me," said Western.

Wilbur is at the center of the controversy. 

Western's neighbor complained about Wilbur to City Council.  The neighbor claims pet pigs contribute to global warming.

"Definitely," said Emma Krstanovik, the complainant.

She says pigs do not belong in Georgetown.

"A few days ago I was outside.  She was standing outside in my front yard, and she started chasing me.  I was freaking," said Krstanovik.

"She doesn't know what she's talking about," said Western.

This started as a dispute between neighbors, but a council member says after it was brought up at City Council the members had to deal with it. 

Bruno's pig, Hampton, is caught up in the issue.  A couple months ago the City Attorney sent her a letter saying she could keep Hampton.  Then Krstanovik came to City Council.  On June 24th they voted 5-3 to ban all pet pigs. 
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