Vernon woman thrilled with city's decision on pet micro-pigs

Vernon resident Coralee Carrier's pet pig Layla.
Image Credit: Facebook/ Save Layla

VERNON - You may soon be able to legally keep a pet pig in the City of Vernon.

It’s not allowed yet, but it looks like that’s about to change. After hearing a recent appeal from a local woman wanting to keep her pet pig, Vernon council will look into a system for licensing mini-pigs.

Under current rules, swine are not considered companion animals and are only permitted on designated agricultural land. That regulation has been called into question by more than one pig owner in recent years.

Today, council voted not to enforce the current bylaw against Vernon resident Coralee Carrier and her pet pig Layla until the new rules are established.

After worrying about losing her beloved pet, Carrier was thrilled to hear the news.

“Thank you so, so much,” Carrier said. “(We) are so grateful and thankful for all the community’s support and city council’s time and understanding.”

The new bylaw is expected to include specific standards for care, maintenance and sanitation for mini-pigs on residential properties, as well as what specific breeds and sizes are allowed.

It’s not known how long it will be before city staff come back with a draft of the bylaw amendment, but it's expected in the next few months.

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