CORAL SPRINGS, Florida (CBSMiami) - Twinkie the pig beat the law. The real
winner, though, is 8-year-old Kason Ray, who has Down's Syndrome.
The Juliana piggy who made headlines in November got the OK from the
city attorney, who said medical documentation provided by the family
shows Twinkie is an emotional support animal for Kason, the South
Florida Sun-Sentinel reports.
The Ray family is very pleased they can keep the pig.
"Although it took much longer than it should have, we are happy the
city of Coral Springs finally decided to do the right thing in granting
the allowance," said Kason's mother, Heather Ray.
A request for a waiver to keep Twinkie as pet was denied by the city
in September. Coral Springs city code prohibits residents from keeping
pigs as pets, because livestock is not allowed.
The Ray family insisted they should receive an exception because
their pig provides emotional support for their Down's Syndrome son.
"We decided on a pig because his dad and brother are allergic to pet
dander and pigs are non-allergenic animals. People with special needs
don't always feel accepted, so a pet loves you no matter what."