“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.
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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