Court rules boy with Down syndrome can keep his pet pig

Posted at 9:38 PM, Jan 24, 2013
and last updated 2013-01-24 21:38:11-05

An 8-year-old boy with Down syndrome will be allowed to keep his pet pig after a months-long court battle over a Florida law that bans pigs as pets.

The boy’s mother, Heather Ray, bought her son Kason a mini Juliana pet pig named Twinkie as a “comfort” animal.  Kason’s father is very allergic to cats and dogs, but is not bothered by pig’s hair.

Heather Ray put in an application with the Coral Springs authorities to keep the pig, but was told that there was an ordinance forbidding residents living with porcine pets.  A fine of $500 per day would be levied against her if she didn’t comply.

After a blitz in the media with video and images of the adorable pet, along with medical documentation of Kason’s father’s allergies and a campaign on, Kason was given a waiver to keep Twinkie.

“I’m happy that we have the allowance,” Ray’s mother, Heather Ray, told the Daily News. “But I think it took entirely too long. There was a lot of wasted time and energy fighting this.”