NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – A Queens family, with the help of State Sen. Tony Avella has called on the New York City Health Department to modify its ban on pet pigs.
Danielle Forgione said she legally bought Petey the miniature Juliana pig last year to help her children cope with the sudden death of their uncle.
“We had gotten Petey as an emotional support animal to help soothe our family’s grief,” Forgione told WCBS 880’s Alex Silverman. “He plays with the kids, he’s very gentle.”
But the city has since cited Forgione for harboring an illegal animal.
“We were ordered to dispose of him or they would come in and dispose of him,” Forgione said. “We’re trying to sell our home, move out of the city so it’ll be OK to keep our pet.”