Carolina Beach Town Council To Consider Pet Pig Ban

Photo of a pig in a residential yard in Carolina Beach. The Carolina Beach Planning and Zoning Commission expressed concerns with potential impacts of allowing residents to keep pigs as pets including noise, odor and other issues. The Town Council will consider an amendment to the Town's Code of Ordinances during their upcoming Thursday April 8th, meeting. (Photo: Town of Carolina Beach) Photo of a pig in a residential yard in Carolina Beach. The Carolina Beach Planning and Zoning Commission expressed concerns with potential impacts of allowing residents to keep pigs as pets including noise, odor and other issues. The Town Council will consider an amendment to the Town's Code of Ordinances during their upcoming Thursday April 8th, meeting. (Photo: Town of Carolina Beach)

Carolina Beach Town Council To Consider Pet Pig Ban Featured

By / Local News / Tuesday, 02 April 2019 16:55

By WILLARD KILLOUGH III
Managing Editor

CAROLINA BEACH - The Carolina Beach Town Council will consider an amendment to the Code of Ordinances during their April 8th, meeting to prohibit owning "Miniature Vietnamese Pigs" within Town limits.

According to Jeremy Hardison with the Town's Planning Department, "The Planning and Zoning Commission requested staff to present an ordinance to prohibit miniature Vietnamese pigs as an allowable domestic animal within town. The regulates what types of animals are accepted because of the location and density of residential and commercial developments, and the seasonal influx of population, and the general seasonal weather and insect conditions encountered, and in protection of the lifestyles and business investments of the citizenry, and as protection to the community's tourist industry alike."

Hardison created a list  of animals or fowl that currently can be kept or harbored within or outside a residential dwelling and which requires reasonable and minimal attention and/or maintenance.

That list includes dogs, hamsters, caged birds, ferrets, cats, hens, rabbits, small reptiles, miniature Vietnamese pigs, turtles, gerbils and small nonpoisonous lizards.

While pigs are currently included in the list of permitted animals, the is another list of currently prohibited animals. Those include goats, horses, sheep, mules, pigs, ostriches, hogs, roosters, cows,  ducks or geese, bulls, large reptiles and snakes.

Hardison explained, "Staff is not aware of any pigs in Town. Early this year we did get a compliant from a home owner that her tenants had pigs, but they were allowed under the ordinance. The homeowner had the pigs removed from her property. The commission concerns were the nuisances that were being caused by the pigs such as tearing up the grass, odor and flies."

According to www.thesprucepets.com Pot-bellied pigs, Vietnamese pot-bellied pigs, and Chinese pot-bellied pigs grow to a range from 125 pounds to over 200 pounds and 16 to 26 inches tall. Some breeders also use this range for miniature pot-bellied pigs.

While there are varying breeds of pigs smaller than a 1,000 pound farm pig, one of the smallest is a Micro Mini Pig which can grow to 18 to 30 pounds and 10 to 12 1/2 inches tall. The Council will consider the issue at their April 8th, meeting at 6:30pm at Town Hall at 1121 North Lake Park Blvd. Call 910-458-2999 for more info.

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