UPDATE: NC Family Fights Pig Ban

A North Carolina family who wanted to keep a potbellied pig they said comforts their autistic son has failed to squeeze an exception out of city officials.

The Fayetteville Observer reported Wednesday that the city council deadlocked on a proposal that would have allowed Loopey to return from a ranch to its home in a city subdivision.

The council considered giving the city manager authority to grant exemptions to the hog ban under conditions that included a doctor's note saying the animal was needed to help treat a medical ailment.

Lisa Pia and Bobby Tibbetts say the pig is therapeutic for their autistic 8-year-old son.

Councilwoman Val Applewhite said resident hogs might hurt property values and generate bad odors



Previous story, from August:

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

Lisa Pia of Fayetteville says her 8-year old son Anthony instantly connected with Loopey. The eighty pound pig has a shelter in the back yard but slept on a pillow at night in her sons room. The Fayetteville observer says the pias were forced to return Loopey after receiving a letter informing them pigs are banned from city limits.

Pia says her son had cried himself to sleep at night ever since. The family will ask the Fayetteville city council today to rethink the ban. They believe potbellied pigs should be treated like household pets or service animals for the disabled.


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