UPDATE: St. Albans to draft new ordinance to potentially allow pigs as pets

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ST. ALBANS, W.Va. (WOWK) – Dogs and cats are your standard household pets, but have you ever thought of a pig as your pet? Some residents in the city of St. Albans are demanding city council members to change the language of an existing city ordinance that currently disallows livestock as pets within city limits.

The residents want the city to draft and consider a new ordinance that would allow miniature pigs to be pets.

This has all transpired from potbelly pig named PigPig who was first spotted running amok across I-64 in the St. Albans area. He quickly became a small-town legend with quite the social media following (4,000+ likes on Facebook).

Now PigPig, along with his loving mom, Misty Burdette are lobbying for other piggies’ rights in the city, so they too can have a loving home.

An’Jillian Hanni also has a pet potbelly pig named Elsa. Recently, Hanni received a note on her front door that stated she has to find Elsa a new home in five days as pigs are not allowed as pets within city limits.

When pigs fly, said Hanni, so she took her concerns to the city council meeting proposing “ELSA Act” which stands for “Every Little Swine Act” asking council members to consider changing the ordinance.

“I have a three-year-old daughter that loves her. She actually named her Elsa because she loves “Frozen” and so she would be really heartbroken, I would be heartbroken is she was taken away from our family,” said Hanni

PigPig’s Mom, Misty Burdette is behind the change because she believes miniature pigs make loving pets. Misty adds, “there’s a 3-year-old-girl that lives in that home and that’s her baby, that’s her pig, that’s her pet, just like a dog, just like a cat.” 

Vice-Mayor of St. Albans, Walter Hall said that the fact that the issue is even on the council’s agenda for tonight’s meeting shows that the city cares about its citizen’s needs and concerns.

“You have a current administration willing to look at all suggestions, look at new ideas, if we’re going to grow and be a community, then we need to look at things like this.” 

Walter Hall, Vice-Mayor of St. Albans

The change in the ordinance would make St. Albans the first city in the state of West Virginia to recognize miniature pigs as pets.

The city council has decided to move forward with the request. A new ordinance will be drafted which will potentially allow potbelly pigs to be pets.

In the meantime, Elsa will have to seek refuge elsewhere as St. Albans Police Chief, Joe Crawford told Elsa’s family that they will be enforcing the current ordinance until this matter is resolved.

To show your support, an online petition has been created.

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