Arkansas Pot Bellied Pig Owner Fights to Keep His Pet

Joker the pot belly pig and his owner Wilferd Kallhoff.

According to KY3 News, in Mountain Home, Arkansas, Wilferd Kallhoff is fighting to keep his beloved pet pot bellied pig, Joker. Kallhoff moved to Mountain Home about a month ago and it wasn’t a week later before someone complained about his pet. Joker, a 200 pound, 18-year-old pot belly pig is like a child to Kallhoff and he would be devastated if he had to give him up. However, after the complaint was filed, the mayor suggested Mountain Home police check out the situation.

There is an ordinance that prohibits hogs in town and Kallhoff was given a ticket for having a hog. Kallhoff is going to argue the ticket in court because he believes he doesn’t own a hog. He tells KY3 News, “Hogs are for butchering and for eating. Pot-bellied pigs are pets; that’s the USDA’s take on it.”

The neighbor who complained about Joker says her allergies and breathing problems have become worse since Joker moved in. Kallhoff says it’s the weather that’s to blame, not his pet.

Once Kallhoff and Joker’s story was printed in the local newspaper, it caused an uproar of people who immediately took sides. Kallhoff has received many offers from coast to coast to adopt Joker if he is forced to give him up and there is now almost 400 fans on a “Save Joker” Facebook page. Kallhoff hopes to keep Joker, saying that he believes he’s not hurting anything or anyone. Kallhoff says Joker is very old for a pot bellied pig and probably won’t live much longer. He also says he cleans his pen every day and that by nature, he believes pot bellied pigs to be cleaner than dogs.

For more details, please read the full article. What do you think? Should Kallhoff be able to keep Joker even if there is city ordinance against “hogs?”


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2 Responses to “Arkansas Pot Bellied Pig Owner Fights to Keep His Pet”

  1. coco Says:

    Please let me know if Kallkoff got to keep Joker. Thank you in advance.

    • potbelliedpigstlc Says:

      Hi Coco, thank you for your comment. I have been looking for information about Joker, but have not been able to find any. If I do end up finding anything I will post it on this blog. In the meantime, if you want to connect with other people who are concerned about Joker, you can join the Facebook Fan Page it’s called “SAVE JOKER!!!” just do a search on Facebook. Thanks for reading!

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