Fayetteville Family Fighting To Keep Pig As Pet

A North Carolina family is fighting a city ban against their year-old potbellied pig, saying Loopey is therapeutic for their autistic son.

Lisa Pia of Fayetteville says her 8-year-old son Anthony instantly connected with Loopey. The 80-pound pig had a shelter in the back yard but slept on a pillow at night in her son's room.

The Fayetteville Observer reported Saturday that the Pias were forced to return Loopey after receiving a letter informing them pigs are banned from city limits. Pia says her son has cried himself to sleep at night ever since.

The family is asking Fayetteville City Council to rethink the ban. They believe potbellied pigs should be treated like household pets or service animals for the disabled.

The issue is expected to be discussed at Monday's meeting.

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