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Newsmaker of the Year: Batavia City Council writes happy ending for this little Pigly

Greg Brown rubs the belly of his pet pig, Pigly, at his business, Buddha, Gandhi and me, in downtown Batavia.
Greg Brown rubs the belly of his pet pig, Pigly, at his business, Buddha, Gandhi and me, in downtown Batavia.

BATAVIA – After an outpouring of community support in an online petition, officials decided to allow Pigly Brown to remain in Batavia, provided his owner keeps the animal on a leash whenever they are on public property.

That was the key provision among several conditions approved in May that allowed downtown resident Greg Brown to keep his then 8-month-old teacup pig. Pigly regularly accompanied him to Buddha Gandhi and Me, Brown’s nearby wellness, yoga and meditation business.

Rather than changing the ordinance prohibiting livestock in the city, aldermen approved an exception specifically designed for Brown and his pig. Under the exception, Brown needed to provide documentation from a health care professional stating that Pigly is an emotional support animal.

By approving an exception to the existing ordinance, the city created parameters for handling any future requests for exemptions on a case-by-case basis.

In a separate but clearly related matter, aldermen also amended the city’s animal control ordinance to require all animals, not just dogs, to be on a leash when on public property. The ordinance now includes cats.

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