Zoning Board says ‘no way’ to pet pigs

These little piggies need to find a new home.

A Pace family may have to relocate their four pet pigs after a variance was denied by the Santa Rosa County Zoning Board Thursday, Aug. 11, to allow the pigs in a residential neighborhood.

It was a close vote, split 3-3.

The applicant, Joseph Passman said he was shocked by the decision.

“We are just devastated,” he said. “They don’t hurt anybody. Our neighbors have said they don’t care. In fact when I was asking them to sign the petition a lot of them did not even know we had pigs.”

Passman turned in a petition to the board bearing all of the signatures of his neighbors in the area. His wife Lana Passman also attached a two-page letter introducing her pigs Simon, Mia, Sunshine and Gypsy.

She explained that she had bottle fed them from 2-week-old piglets.

“Pigs are very therapeutic, and they help calm you when you’re upset,” she wrote. “Pigs actually bond much like humans do and bond very closely to humans…I plead with the council, please allow my family to keep our pets.”

That plea was denied by board members Jim Waite, Bill Speelman and Don Richards.

Speelman asked if the applicants were aware of laws regarding livestock fences. When they replied no he advised them to become familiar.

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One of the Passmans’ grandson Cameron plays with Kune Kune pigs Gypsy and Sunshine in the backyard of their home in Pace.

One of the Passmans’ grandson Cameron plays with Kune Kune pigs Gypsy and Sunshine in the backyard of their home in Pace.

Joseph Passman cuddles with Miss Mia and Simon while watching TV. The two miniature potbellied pigs have a doggie door to go in and out at will.

Joseph Passman cuddles with Miss Mia and Simon while watching TV. The two miniature potbellied pigs have a doggie door to go in and out at will.

 

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