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Pet pigs in Pottsville?

A family fights council to keep their pet pig

POTTSVILLE, SCHUYLKILL COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) -- Should pigs be allowed as pets? It's a big debate in a Schuylkill County community, and one family is hoping the answer is "yes".

This is Gracie May, a part American, part Juliana piglet. Pottsville resident, Scott Horning, bought Gracie as a gift for his family without knowing it wasn't allowed. According to Pottsville city code, keeping farm animals is prohibited. Once he found that out, he says he didn't want to hide it, but instead, he hopes to change it.


"I would love to walk her through town, but we can't right now," said Scott Horning, pig owner.

Horning brought the issue straight to Pottsville city council. Council member Mark Atkinson tells me, "City council and the administration are currently reviewing the related ordinances with respect to the request for exemption of miniature pigs."

That term -- mini pig -- doesn't really mean mini. These pigs grow to about a 10th the size of a farm pig.

Gracie is very little now, but she's expected to get between 75-150 pounds. That can take up to 5 years. Even so, her family says when gracie gets that heavy, she'll still be a lap pig!

"She'll be staying here part of our family. Wherever we go. As long as they pass the ordance it will be in Pottsville. If not, then we'll have to get out of Pottsville I guess."

They've started collecting signatures to submit to council. As word gets out about their pig problem, they tell me many other pig owners in the city are joining their fight.

In the mean time, Gracie is staying out of the city. Her owners are training her and teaching her tricks!

Gracie has a litter box and a crate to sleep in. She also gets along with the family dog.

Other cities around the country -- including Lancaster and York in Pennsylvania -- have adopted ordinances to allow pet pigs. Next month -- we'll find out if Pottsville will be added to that list.


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