Community rallies support after county targets couple’s pet

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CHESTERFIELD, Va. – A Virginia family says it can breathe a sigh of relief after the county decided to allow it to keep its pet.

Last June, Mark and Kim Johnson received notice from Chesterfield County that their pet pig, Tucker, would have to be moved.

The notice says their home is not zoned for farm animals.

However, the couple says Tucker is more like a family member than a farm animal.

They applied for a conditional use permit, which would allow Tucker to stay at their home.

The community rallied support for the family’s cause, sending hundreds of emails saying Tucker should stay.

The board decided on Wednesday to allow the couple to keep Tucker.

“We’re very blessed and we’re just glad the outcome, we’re able to stay,” said Kim Johnson, Tucker’s owner.

There are conditions with the permit.

It’s only good for a year, so they will have to reapply next January.

Also, whenever Tucker is outside, he must be on a leash.

Supervisors say the case has made them realize it may be time to update the count’s animal ordinances, which are 40-years-old.

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