“Veterinary experts” are now “standing by to testify” in the lawsuit filed yesterday against a Spring HOA on behalf of Houston’s best-known potbellied pig, declares the lawyer hired by the pig’s owners, Missy and Alex Sardo. What’ll those experts say? That Wilbur Sardo, the 60-lb. pet with close to 5,000 Facebook friends — and now a live webcam show — doesn’t count as livestock, and therefore isn’t prohibited from living with his owners by the deed restrictions of the Thicket at Cypresswood neighborhood.
The Sardos filed suit in response to threats of a lawsuit mailed to them by an attorney for the Thicket at Cypresswood Community Improvement Association earlier this month. The letter stated that the family would be liable for $200-a-day fines if they kept their pet at their home, and that they were already on the hook for the $125 the attorney was charging the association for writing the letter. A few days earlier, the association had sent out a somewhat bizarre survey to residents in the subdivision asking “whether there is a desire or need for residents to keep livestock on their property.” The survey consisted of a single question, with only 2 allowable answers: Respondents could indicate only that they thought residents should be able to keep potbellied pigs or any other non-traditional household animals — or that all such household animals should be banned.
The Sardos’ lawyer, Mitchell Katine, says the case is the first-ever in Texas dealing with pot-bellied pigs as pets. Meanwhile, the Sardos are selling Wilbur the Pig T-shirts to help pay their legal fees.
- Spring family goes whole hog to keep pet pig [Houston Chronicle]
- Pot-bellied pig “Wilbur” becomes the center of lawsuit [The Woodlands Villager]
- Swine Suit [39Online]
- Let Wilbur Sardo Stay! [Save Wilbur Sardo]
- Survey sent to Thicket residents (PDF) [Save Wilbur Sardo]
- Previously on Swamplot: Thicket HOA To Pot-Bellied Pig: Your Petitions Are No Good Here, Some Pig
Photo, survey, and video: Wilbur Sardo