Will Your Local Government Let You Own A Pig?


Know your city's ordinances about owning a pot bellied pig.

You want to buy a cute little piglet to keep in your backyard because ever since you read Charlotte’s Web you’ve been fascinated with having a little Wilbur of your own. But, before you can start hanging up signs on your property that say “some pig” you need to find out if your city ordinances will let you have a potbelly pig.

According to “The Complete Guide for the Care and Training of Pet Potbellied Pigs,” zoning has always been an issue affecting potbelly pig owners across the nation. So before you buy a pig find out if you are first required to regisiter the pig by a registered potbelly pig registry and if it needs to be spayed or neutered before it can be brought home. Some city ordinances mandate the pig be a certain size, the number of pigs that can be owned per family, the square footage of the backyard, how close the pig’s area is to the neighbor’s property, annual vaccinations and licensing fees.

The last thing you want is to get in trouble with city hall and be slapped with fines or being forced to get rid of your potbelly pig. If you do not know your city ordinances on potbelly pigs, then contact your city hall or local animal control agency and you will be on your way of becoming a “terrific” pig owner.



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