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Fayetteville decides against pig as pet

Posted September 8, 2009 10:06 p.m. EDT

— The Fayetteville City Council failed to pass a motion Tuesday that would have allowed the city manager to review an ordinance banning pigs in city limits.

The decision comes as a result of the Pia family's plea to keep their potbellied pig, Loopey. The Pias say Loopey is therapeutic for their autistic son.

Lisa Pia said her 8-year-old son Anthony, who doesn't like dogs, instantly connected with Loopey when they brought the piglet home.

Loopey, now a year old and 85 pounds, had a shelter in the back yard of their College Lakes home.

The Fayetteville Observer reported last month that the Pias were forced to return Loopey to the ranch where they bought her after city inspectors informed them pigs were banned from city limits.

Lisa and Bobby Pia, who have four children, had asked the city to treat potbellied pigs like household pets or service animals for the disabled.