Families Fight to Keep Pet Pigs Despite Neighbors' Complaints

In Midlothian, Virginia, and Little Rock, Arkansas, two different families hope to keep their potbellied pets.
5:50 | 01/03/15

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Kohl's. Cc1 Test message Test Text1 UND Reporter: He's the pork that's splitting this community apart. On one side, the residents. And others that don't want to see him turn the community into a pig sty. What does he do? Everything a dog would do. Reporter: Her allergies wouldn't allow her a dog. So, they got a pig. He's treated like royalty, taken for drives, getting beauty sleep. Pigs sleep 16 to 18 hours a day. Reporter: I don't smell anything that indicates there's a pig in the house. Do you work overtime to keep him clean? He gets bathed every two weeks, and he gets lotion because he does get dry skin. Reporter: Tucker plays with kids of all ages. Everyone loved him until the day someone didn't. When did this story take a dark turn? An officer came to our house and said there was a complaint and said I had ten days to get rid of him. Reporter: The property wasn't zoned for livestock, so they tried to get a conditional use permit. They're worried about setting precedent. If they give us a special permit, what is next. Reporter: It has a reputation of one of the best places to live in America. And some locals think they may soon be living next to a designated farm. They've gotten bad. It's to the point where I could call it bullying. Reporter: This fall has not been kind to pig owners. A woman was thrown off of a flight when her pig caused a problem. And this woman, researching and finding he was considered an acceptable pet, some of the community complained, saying he was causing too much of a mess, and causing problems with property values. She got a petition and tried to get the neighbors to sign it. Nobody signed it. Reporter: And the fight went all the way to the city council. I am the reason we're wasting our time talking about the pig. Reporter: Yes, you can have a pig in Little Rock. But you need a 300-foot buffer of land between your neighbors. Facing eviction, suey is now suing. They're heading to federal court. Back in Virginia, the Johnson are waging their own battle at a meeting of county supervisors. I think it will be very difficult to grant this, and deny someone else. Please deny this appeal. Reporter: When mark Johnson gets up to speak, he makes an admission. I am a man with a psychological disability. I had my son take his last breath in my arms. It was tragic for my family, and having pets can help teach different coping mechanisms. Reporter: Mark says his entire family has been comfo comforted, but he needs him the most. He helps me and consoles me. Reporter: It's not as strange as it may sound. She says her pig helped her with depression. Critics find the timing of it a bit suspicious. The pig is more than a pet. Now it's an emotional support animal. Has this been diagnosed in the last 30 days? Reporter: Is it just a ploy to keep tucker? It's not a ploy. And there's no reason he can't be a good pet. Reporter: The Johnson say their neighbors best get used to the new kid on the block. You're not going to get rid of tucker? We're not. Take advice from this pig. This did not have to become a war. Th end of a heifer,

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