Amendment calls for legalizing pot-bellied pigs

Amendment calls for legalizing pot-bellied pigs
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Certain types of swine may no longer be illegal to own in Jonesboro anymore.

On Tuesday, Nov. 15, the Jonesboro City Council Public Safety Committee will consider an amendment to Ordinance 10-7 to allow for people to keep pot-belly pigs within city limits.

Earlier this year, a Jonesboro woman faced losing her two pot-belly pigs after someone called animal control on her.

Right now, a city ordinance states that it is illegal to own any kind of swine within city limits.

The woman argued before city council that her pigs are pets and that the ordinance was meant to keep people from raising "breeder and feeder" pigs.

According to the proposed amendment, people would be permitted to keep no more than two "domesticated miniature Vietnamese, Chinese or Asian pot-bellied or pot-belly pigs."

The amendment does state that the amendment does not allow for pot-belly pigs to be kept in multifamily and commercial areas.

"However, as such animals are still livestock notwithstanding size, the keeping of such animal needs to be closely regulated and controlled to ensure that such animal does not become a nuisance or danger to the general public and the neighborhood in which it is kept," the amendment states. "The City Council finds that the keeping of potbellied pigs so as not to create a nuisance can be reasonably accommodated by licensing and other restrictions."

The amendment also calls for the pigs to be licensed through the city's Animal Control director.

If the amendment passes, potential pot-belly pig owners would be required to comply with a number of regulations.

Stipulations including having the pig registered with a "bonafide" registry, spayed or neutered, less than 175 lbs, and shorter than 22 inches. The pig's tusks must also be maintained to 1/2 inch from the gum line.

If you want to own a pot-bellied pig, some of your neighbors must be okay with it, too.

The amendment states everyone who lives within 300 feet of the property of the pig owner must acknowledge and have no objection to a pot-bellied pig living in the neighborhood.

The Jonesboro Public Safety Council Committee meets at 5 p.m. in the City Council Chambers at 300 S. Church Street.

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