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Arkansas woman says pet pig shouldn't be called livestock

June 27, 2013 at 5:36 PM   |   Comments

LITTLE ROCK, Ark., June 27 (UPI) -- An Arkansas woman said she will go to court to argue her pet Vietnamese pot bellied pig should not be considered livestock under the city code.

Jyll Latham said she checked the Little Rock city code before she purchased her pig, W.P. Sooie, about a year ago, to ensure the animal was allowed, KATV, Little Rock, reported Thursday.

"I specifically checked the Little Rock City code and it allowed pot belly pigs," Latham said.

However, she said she did not read the livestock code, which requires hoofed animals to be kept out of city lots and requires them to be at least 300 feet from the nearest neighboring residence.

Andre Bernard, director of the Little Rock Department of Housing & Neighborhood Programs, said the codes are not together, but are located in the same section.

Latham said she received a citation when her neighbor complained only days after she moved from another home in Little Rock. She said she plans to argue in court that her pet should not be considered livestock.

"I've enjoyed him from the day I got him. It's just been buying this house in particular that's been a huge regret," she said.

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