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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  • by Valerie Lepine Location: UK on Aug 12, 2009 at 03:13 PM
    Excuse me but who gets to decide if an animal can be a pet or can only fall under the 'livestock' or 'farm animal' category? Dogs are eaten in some parts of asia and not viewed as pets, yet other people are allowed to keep them as pets there if they so wish. Each situation should be reviewed independently. What's with this dictatorial attitude? This inflexibility and ignorance is truly ridiculous.
  • by Amanda77 on Aug 7, 2009 at 04:59 AM
    You should contact the bizymoms Fayetteville community to get your blog featured to their large mom community. I am sure they would love to read your posts. http://www.bizymoms.com/fayetteville/index.php There is a form on their expert page, http://www.bizymoms.com/experts/index.html
  • by Kelly Location: Falling Creek on Aug 2, 2009 at 05:36 PM
    I am glad that this pet helps someone with problems. The family of the child has right's and they should fight for it's four legged friend! Put up a fence such as I did. 10 to 11 feet should do it.
  • by Anonymous on Aug 2, 2009 at 11:14 AM
    Why didn't the family research if they were allowed to have a pig prior to getting it? I believe it is well known that you can not have livestock (pigs) in the city limits. Then the child would not have to suffer through this. Maybe the parents caused this problem by not following the rules. I think the family is using this little boy's disability as an excuse to keep the pig. If its so important move to a place like a farm that allows farm animals, a 80 pound pig is just ridiculous.
  • by Jeannine Location: Plymouth on Aug 2, 2009 at 05:39 AM
    We have had two beautiful pot bellied pigs as family pets. They are clean, well behaved and loving animals not to mention VERY smart.Please allow this family to keep their sons pet and companion! The City Council needs to show some real compassion and research the value animals can have with autism and many other health conditions. It is well known pets visiting elderly in nursing homes (including pot bellies and even ponies) improve the quality of life! GET WITH IT Fayeteville!
  • by Believer Location: Washington on Aug 2, 2009 at 05:18 AM
    To the anon person who suggested "pork chops and for family to move to farm and quit using child as crutch." You obviously don't have a heart or have never had a family member with any type of disability. Sometimes it is the one or a little thing a person with a disability will cling to that makes them happy. If the pig is being kept clean and not smelling up the neighborhood who is it bothering? There is more crime and smellier crap then that living in the city limits of Fayetteville. Let the child be happy. Who is it hurting? Get a heart!!
  • by Endurance Swimmer Location: Greenville on Aug 1, 2009 at 11:31 PM
    I agree with truebeliever and momofAU! I have met 3 autistic children in my life, and they are amazing children! Let the boy keep his pig, shame on city council!!
  • by Karen Location: Greensboro on Aug 1, 2009 at 08:33 PM
    That is one cute pig. Let them keep the Pig!!!!
  • by Allen Location: Kinston on Aug 1, 2009 at 07:19 PM
    Let The Boy Have His Pig!
  • by ThinBlue Line Location: Eastern NC on Aug 1, 2009 at 06:32 PM
    A a certified note from the MD and others who can testify that this pig is God-sent to this child...I dont think this family is using the child as means of keeping the pig. Children and older adults react to this type of friendships. They city needs to focus of all of the poor dogs chained to trees and poor thugs running loose shooting folks...good luck to the Pias!!!
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