Don’t Separate Therapy Pig from Disabled Young Boy

Target: Jay Tibshraeny, Chandler, Arizona Mayor, and city councilmen

Goal: Keep pot-bellied pig in home that helps to mitigate little boy’s Asperger’s symptoms.

A pot-bellied pig that greatly helps a little boy deal with his Asperger’s syndrome may have to be rehomed because city officials claim the pet is illegal to have. We need to take action to try and ensure this little boy is allowed to keep his beloved pet so he is better able to thrive.

Chandler, Arizona city councilmen are claiming that Maggie the pig is an illegal pet to keep because it is technically livestock and the city does not allow people to keep livestock as pets. This is quite ironic when one considers that people in the city are allowed to have miniature horses.

While the Gil family has a dog, their little boy named Julian has never cared to interact with it or with any other animal he has ever met. However, Julian will turn to his pot-bellied pig when he is in a deeply depressive state. According to his parents, the pig greatly helps him get through these awful times.

The pig was not seen as a problem until a neighbor accused it of having a tick problem. On the contrary, the home was looked over in detail by a veterinarian and a doctor who did not find this to be the case. In addition, the doctor also claims the boy should be allowed to keep the pet because of the great emotional support it provides him.

Sign this petition and demand city officials allow this little boy to keep his beloved pet. If the animal is rehomed, this child’s symptoms may unfortunately get worse instead of better.


Dear Mayor Tibshraeny and city councilmen,

A family may be forced to rehome a pot-bellied pig that greatly helps their little boy to better handle severe Asperger’s symptoms. If this little boy is not allowed to keep his pet, his depression as well as his other symptoms will likely get worse instead of better.

As you know, the city claims that a pot-bellied pig is illegal to have because it is considered to be livestock. However, this fact is fairly ironic when it is considered that people living in the city are allowed to have miniature horses.

In addition, the Gil family probably would have gotten another pet instead of the pig if it had been observed that a different animal was capable of helping to improve their little boy’s symptoms. However, the pig is the only one that seems to calm the little boy down when he is upset and the only animal the child cares to pay attention to.

There has not been any evidence found that this animal presents a community health hazard. Furthermore, the boy’s doctor feels that the little boy should be allowed to keep the animal as a pet since it provides him with such wonderful emotional support.

I therefore urge you to allow this little boy to keep his pot-bellied pig. While technicalities concerning the law are sometimes important to consider, what should matter more in this case is the health and happiness of a little boy who truly does need this animal to help him thrive in his daily living.


[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Eli Duke

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  1. let this great kid keep his pot bellied pig now. it is his friend.

  2. Rosemary Longworth says:

    It has been proven that pigs are as smart as dogs. If a dog is a fit companion for a child who needs help, then I see no reason why this little pig–housebroken, and loving and loved by the child–s not a fit companion helper. Please don’t add to the boy’s problems by separating these two friends. I had a little pig once, and loved her dearly. And she loved me back, too.

  3. Sandra Phillips says:

    Pot belly pigs are domesticated animals and smarter then dogs

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