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Roxborough neighbors rally behind pet pig after animal control warning

 

WPVI

By Christie Ileto

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

 

PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) -- "We've always had a pig here, and we've always had chickens here,'' said Dr. Cindy Balzer.

 

But after 19 years at her Roxborough home, she received the first of many notices from animal control about her beloved pet pig and chickens.

Someone had reported her.

Animal Care & Control Tream of Philadelphia (ACCT) tells Action News that farm animals are not allowed as pets in the city limits.

"You were aware that you were not supposed to have these animals?" asked reporter Christie Ileto.

"I was aware I was not supposed to have the chickens, but Joey is a potbelly pig not a swine for slaughter," Dr. Balzer said. "He's a pet not livestock, and chickens are barnyard pets."

 

As Dr. Balzer, a retired veterinarian, was explaining how she's looking to get a variance from the City Zoning board to keep her pets, neighborhood children showed up at her gates, hoping to see Joey.

"We live around the corner and I come by every day with my daughter," said Bill Elek. "They don't make a lot of noise, they don't do anything wrong in the neighborhood. I don't see why people are trying to get rid of them!"

"I don't understand. It's literally not bothering anyone. It's so upsetting?" asked Nicole Shapiro.

The issue garnering support from her neighbors and even the Green Lane Nursery School around the corner.

"It's a strong community, we don't want to see this pig leave," said Suzanne Taylor.

Dr. Balzer admits she is overwhelmed by the support, and has asked for a hearing with Zoning Board of Adjustment for August, but says it might be pushed back to later.

 

 

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1 min ago, coolhandfluke said:

he is a pet, pot belly , not a mud wallowing swine.   the kids love him. the neighbors to.  leave him alone.

Thank you  :howdy:

Oh wait, me or the pig?

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6 mins ago, redfishkiller said:

Thank you  :howdy:

Oh wait, me or the pig?

well...…………………..we were bad mouthing you in freds thread about ugly so I didn't want to do it again today

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12 mins ago, Billybob said:

We need to ID the rat, it's the only way.

Flare shooters....

 

Check the logs.

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18 mins ago, coolhandfluke said:

and Narcan.

 

Oh man, don't get me started on that. Pharmacies were giving the nasal spray away yesterday in NJ for free. All you had to do was walk in the store and ask for it. :dismay: 

Somebody is paying for that and I'd bet it is the taxpayer. :mad: 

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53 mins ago, Belmo said:

Roxborough neighbors rally behind pet pig after animal control warning

 

WPVI

By Christie Ileto

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

 

PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) -- "We've always had a pig here, and we've always had chickens here,'' said Dr. Cindy Balzer.

 

But after 19 years at her Roxborough home, she received the first of many notices from animal control about her beloved pet pig and chickens.

Someone had reported her.

Animal Care & Control Tream of Philadelphia (ACCT) tells Action News that farm animals are not allowed as pets in the city limits.

"You were aware that you were not supposed to have these animals?" asked reporter Christie Ileto.

"I was aware I was not supposed to have the chickens, but Joey is a potbelly pig not a swine for slaughter," Dr. Balzer said. "He's a pet not livestock, and chickens are barnyard pets."

 

As Dr. Balzer, a retired veterinarian, was explaining how she's looking to get a variance from the City Zoning board to keep her pets, neighborhood children showed up at her gates, hoping to see Joey.

"We live around the corner and I come by every day with my daughter," said Bill Elek. "They don't make a lot of noise, they don't do anything wrong in the neighborhood. I don't see why people are trying to get rid of them!"

"I don't understand. It's literally not bothering anyone. It's so upsetting?" asked Nicole Shapiro.

The issue garnering support from her neighbors and even the Green Lane Nursery School around the corner.

"It's a strong community, we don't want to see this pig leave," said Suzanne Taylor.

Dr. Balzer admits she is overwhelmed by the support, and has asked for a hearing with Zoning Board of Adjustment for August, but says it might be pushed back to later.

 

 

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nice copy and paste you looser 

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3 mins ago, MikeMc said:

 

Oh man, don't get me started on that. Pharmacies were giving the nasal spray away yesterday in NJ for free. All you had to do was walk in the store and ask for it. :dismay: 

Somebody is paying for that and I'd bet it is the taxpayer. :mad: 

Where? I didn't hear anything about it. 

 

The cops narcanned my buddy for a blood infection lol. 

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