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article imageCity refuses boy's plea to keep pet pig

By Lynn Curwin     Sep 17, 2010 in World
Midland - A city council in the US has decided that a boy with severe allergies to many animals should be parted from his well-trained pet – a miniature pig.
Roger is a miniature pig who is nine inches tall and 15 inches long. He can do several tricks, including playing the piano.
"This little piggy is my best friend in animal life," the Midland Daily News quoted nine-year-old Ethan White as saying.
The Midland City Planning Commission turned down two requests from Ethan’s parents, Jason and Lisa, to keep the pet in their single family home. They then applied to the city council, which unanimously voted down the request.
Although most of the council members felt the family would responsibly take care of the miniature pig, they expressed concern that allowing them to keep the pet might open the door for others who would not be responsible.
Paul Tolly, a neighbour of the White’s spoke at the city’s public hearing, pointing out that they went to the city before purchasing the miniature pig and were under the impression that they would be able to get a permit to keep him.
Jason White said they chose a miniature pig because they are often classed as pets, rather than livestock.
The city received letters and e-mails asking them to allow Ethan to keep his pet.
The Midland Daily News reported that Ethan said "I can't wait to take him for that first walk," just an hour before the request was turned down.
Roger had been staying with his breeder and making visits to Ethan’s home. He will now have to stay with the breeder.
Jason and Lisa said they felt it was important to follow the law, but the city is encouraging people to be deceitful.
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