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No Decision on Keokuk Pig

The Keokuk City Council says it needs more information before deciding what type of animal can be considered a pet.

The city’s code revision committee could not reach a consensus, last week, as to whether pot-bellied pigs are domestic pets or livestock.

Alderman Mike O’Connor wanted to leave the animal ordinance how it is, prohibiting most animals from homes that are within 150’ of a neighboring property.

Alderman Mike Moore thought the city should change the ordinance to allow pot-bellied pigs to be kept as pets, much like dogs and cats.

Alderman Larry Mortimer was absent from the meeting, so the issue went to the full city council on Thursday night.

The panel discussed it for about 20 minutes before deciding to seek more opinions.

Mayor Tom Marion says he wants to discuss the issue with the city attorney, the police chief, and the animal corrections officer to gain legal and law enforcement advice and concerns.

A Keokuk family is seeking an exemption to the 150’ requirement for Bacon, its two-month old miniature pot-bellied pig.

The family came to Thursday night’s meeting but did not address the city council.

Jason Parrott is a former reporter at Tri States Public Radio.