Pet pig has some neighbors squealing

May 19, 2011 4:39:34 PM PDT
Jessica Law has had Princess, the potbelly pig as a pet, since last summer. Recently, she had a pen built which creates a farmlike setting in the backyard of her Scott Lane home in Wallingford. "We keep a very nice yard and we clean up after her so I don't see there's an issue," Law said. At least one neighbor who's property backs up to Law's does have an issue and complained to the Nether Providence Township Commissioners concerned that a suburban neighborhood like this one is no place for a farm animal like Princess. "The concerns were squealing, odor, and that it's a pig," Nether Providence Township Manager Gary Cummings said. The disgruntled neighbor had no comment for this story today, but, at an earlier township meeting, expressed concern over odor especially in the upcoming hot weather. "No one has ever complained to us in person so I wish they would have just knocked on our door," Laws said. Pete Bruder lives next door. He and his girlfriend say they have no problem with Princess. "We get some grunts and snores in the morning, but I think kind of think it's funny," Bruder said. "Since she has the contained little farm, fence, barnyard for herself, it's not as much of a problem as running around the whole yard," neighbor Grace Theuer said. Nether Providence Township has an ordinance dealing only with horses, no other farm animals, but commissioners will meet to consider expanding it. "The board's going to review the regulations and see if they need any changes to the existing regulations at their June 2nd meeting," Cummings said. Whatever the commission decides, it's likely the case of Princess the pig will be grandfathered and her owners will be allowed to keep her.