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Score One for the Pigs: Potbellies Now Legal in Raleigh

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RALEIGH — Potbellied pigs are a popular alternative to dogs and cats. Owning them was illegal within Raleigh city limits -- until a group of pig owners brought their case to city hall and won the right to own their oinkers.

The group cited a Raleigh city ordinance that bans livestock -- including potbellied pigs -- as pets inside the city's borders.

Bari-Jill Keagins and fellow members ofPig Pals, a local club for potbellied pig owners, brought the issue before the Raleigh City Council.

Council members agreed Tuesday to amend the ordinance, allowing pigs within city limits as long as they do not exceed 100 pounds and 22 inches in height. Only two pigs will be allowed per household.

In two years, the City Council will review the amendment to evaluate the new limits.